Tonight’s game against the Bobcats was one of large, point-scoring runs at a time.
It was not about how hard each team could hit though, it was about how hard they could get hit and keep fighting.
In the end, Charlotte was able to withstand what should have been a fatal blow from the Wizards to remain the last team standing, and prevent Washington from clinching a spot in the playoffs with a 100-94 TKO.
The Bobcats got off to an excellent start on their home-court, gaining a 25-20 advantage after one quarter of play. They went on to extend that lead to ten points early in the second quarter.
Things began to turn around at about the 9:36 mark in the second quarter when the Wizards second unit began to take over, led by Andre Miller.
The Wizards had one of their best quarters of the entire season as they went on a 36-10 run.
Miller sparked the run with the first of his nine assists – this time around being an alley-oop to Martell Webster after receiving a tipped-out offensive rebound.
Miller finished the game with a +/- ratio of plus 18.
Randy Wittman probably should have played him a little more in the second half however, because the Wizards seemed content with a 16-point lead and Charlotte on the ropes, but not out for the count.
Led by the first and second-string back-court combination of Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Bobcats quietly cut a 16-point halftime deficit down to 10 points in the third quarter.
Then, in the fourth quarter, they finally shook off the grogginess from blows taken in the second quarter to throw some heavy punches of their own just as the game was winding down.
Behind clutch baskets by Douglas-Roberts, Charlotte went on a 19-4 run to end the game and steal a win right from the psyche of the Wizards.
Douglas-Roberts scored eight fourth-quarter points and finished the game with 18. Walker scored a game-high 21 points to go along with 10 assists.
John Wall struggled mightily on the night turning the ball over five times and scoring just 10 points on 4-16 shooting.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 20 points.