With the Wizards up nine early in the fourth quarter, the Hornets went on a 23-0 run while the Wizards missed their final 17 field goal attempts as the Wizards cough this one up and lose, 101-87.
Gary Neal was the high scorer for the Wizards with 18 points followed by Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal with 17 points apiece. The loss drops the Wizards to 6-6 on the season.
The Wizards looked to forget about last night’s Indiana game as they took an early 19-13 lead including 5-9 from three point range. The Hornets were shooting hot from three-point range as well starting 4-6 from deep. In a quarter filled with runs, the Hornets ended the quarter on a 8-0 run as the Hornets led 28-24 after one.
The Wizards started the second quarter cold connecting on just 2-9 of their field goal attempts but followed that up by knocking down the next six. Gary Neal was the high scorer for the Wizards off the bench (18 points) and started doing his damage in the second quarter. Neal went 5-5 from the field including 2-2 from long range.
Neal was the sole reason the Wizards hung around in the first half but the Wizards still trailed 58-54 at halftime.
After going scoreless in the last two games, Kris Humphries hit a corner three to start the third quarter to get on the scoring sheet. Every time the Wizards would get close and cut the lead to one, the Hornets would have an answer with a bucket on the other end.
The Wizards finally turned the corner midway through the third when they turned the Hornets over on three straight possessions all resulting in transition buckets. The Wizards used an 11-0 run and some very nice defense (first time I’ve said that all season) to regain the lead 81-74 at the end of the third.
All hell broke loose in the fourth quarter. Gary Neal hit a jumper at the 10:14 mark; that would be their only made field goal of the quarter as the Wizards went ice cold from the field. The Wizards scored just six points in the quarter including 17 straight misses from the field. Charlotte outscored the Wizards 27-6 in the fourth quarter and that seven point lead quickly turned into a double-digit deficit as the Hornets win 101-87.