The Wizards go into Charlotte and win their first road game since January 27th, defeating the Hornets 95-69. Shooting was the difference in this one as the Wizards shot 52% from the field and the Hornets shot 33% and scored just 23 points in the second half.
Bradley Beal was back in the starting lineup for the Wizards after getting Saturday night off due to rest. He scored 14 points but it was Marcin Gortat who posted a very impressive 20 point, seven rebound double-double on 9-11 shooting.
This game felt like the first 30 this year. The team got out in transition, jump shots were falling, and they were getting nice contributions from the bench. The team stormed out to a 15-9 lead and never relinquished it the rest of the game. The Wizards were looking to push the ball often and were able to due to the poor shooting of the Hornets often leading to long rebounds. John Wall had three layups in the first quarter alone on coast-to-coast layups. Nene got in foul trouble early but it didn’t matter as Gortat picked up the slack.
Mo Williams and Al Jefferson kept the Hornets in this one. The two combined for 33 of the team’s 69 points. Mo Williams was letting it fly in the second quarter because quite frankly, their was no one else to produce any offense. The Hornets utilized a 6-0 run at the end of the second quarter to cut the lead to 10 and trailed 56-46 at halftime.
Al Jefferson hit a scooping layup to start the third quarter and Wizards fans started getting nervous. They weren’t going to blow another big lead were they? Marcin Gortat and Paul Pierce answered with buckets of their own to stretch the lead back out to 15.
The Hornets went on a five minute field goal drought until Lance Stephenson hit his famous shimmy step back at the 2:15 mark but the lead was still at 19. The Hornets were only able to muster up 14 points in the quarter as the Wizards lead after three, 77-60.
The bench carried this team the rest of the way. Kevin Seraphin who has been quiet the past few games got back into a rhythm hitting several hook shots. Otto Porter was active on the offensive glass and had a nice put back as well. The Wizards cruised the rest of the way as the Hornets only scored nine, yes nine points in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards win 95-69 against the Hornets who have snake-bitten them over the years. Garrett Temple went down pretty hard in the fourth quarter with a leg injury but hopefully it isn’t anything too serious. Wiz welcome the second best team in the West, Memphis Grizzles to Verizon Center on Thursday.