Recap: Wizards at Hornets

AP Photo/Chuck Burton
AP Photo/Chuck Burton

The Wizards blow an 11 point lead in the fourth quarter and the slide continues as they lose 94-87 to the Hornets. Gerald Henderson led the Hornets in scoring with 27 points on 10-15 shooting. The loss looks like it’s going to drop the Wiz into the fourth seed in the east.

Charlotte started this one hot, shooting 4-5 from the field. Gerald Henderson was on fire connecting on his first six shots in the opening period. On the flip side, The Wizards got Nene involved early and the big man started 2-2 from the field as the teams were tied at 12 midway through the first quarter. This was big for the Wizards as they have been getting down early during this losing streak.

Dejuan Blair got some playing time for the Wizards early as Kevin Seraphin sat with an ankle injury. Dejuan provided some nice girth off the bench as his main assignment was to lock down Jason Maxiel.

Charlotte shot 54% from the field in the first quarter and had a 34-30 lead. Once again, the Wizards showed poor defensive play evidenced by the 34 points given up.

Rasual Butler entered the game for the Wizards and got back to his old ways connecting on 3 of his first 4 shots taken. This was the old Rasual we’ve come to know. The rest of the bench provided a nice spark for the team as Otto Porter had four points and some nice offensive rebounds in the quarter.

Scary moment as Brad hit the deck and apparently hurt his big toe which has been aggravating him for some time. He did not return. Even without Brad, the Wizards were able to regain the lead and were up five at halftime.

The Wizards started the third quarter very nicely as they stretched the lead out to 11. It had fans thinking “OK, this will be the slump buster.” Things turned somewhat quickly as Nene picked up four fouls in the period guarding Cody Zeller. Zeller was aggravating Nene and you could tell it was getting under his skin. As a result, Nene started forcing things on the offensive end. That never ends well. Brian Roberts started to heat up as the quarter went along and the Hornets were able to cut the lead to five heading into the fourth.

Everything fell apart for the Wizards in the fourth as they managed just 13 points including a 4:30 field goal drought towards the end of the game. It was clear that doubt started creeping into the minds of the players and they couldn’t overcome it. The Cavs are currently up 21 and will jump the Wizards in the standings. The Wiz get another chance to break the streak on Saturday as Brooklyn comes to town.

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