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Wizards romp turnover-prone Bobcats

Dec 21, 2010 - 6:09 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Nick Young finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a convincing 108-75 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Verzion Center.

Andray Blatche scored 19 and Kirk Hinrich contributed a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who snapped a seven-game skid.

Al Thornton added 13 points and JaVale McGee scored 10 to go along with five blocks for Washington, which topped Charlotte for the first time since March 2009.

Stephen Jackson scored 13, and Kwame Brown and Tyrus Thomas both scored 10 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who have dropped three straight.

"I feel bad for the young kids because they looked totally unorganized," said Bobcats head coach Larry Brown. "It looked like the first day of practice. Maybe it was a pickup team playing an NBA team and that was the result."

Ahead by five, 50-45, the Wizards started the third quarter on a 17-2 run -- capped by a Young layup at 7:43 -- to end the Bobcats chances of a comeback.

Washington widened the gap to 25 with a Thornton jumper inside six minutes, and after Hinrich connected on a short jump shot with 1 1/2 minutes left to put the game at 81-52, the Bobcats made four from the line to end the quarter.

The Wizards lead reached 30, 90-60, with a Trevor Booker dunk, and after a Lester Hudson jump shot at 3:18 the Washington lead was 34, their largest of the game.

The Bobcats shot 33 percent in the second half and committed 17 of their 29 turnovers down the stretch.

"We're communicating much better," said Hinrich regarding the teams success on defense. "We're putting ourselves in a good position and we have a tight shell. We're trying to help each other and when you do that you have a chance to play good."

Washington had a 32-25 lead at the end of the first behind 10 points from Hinrich and held a 50-45 advantage entering the locker room.

Game Notes

Gerald Wallace (ankle) missed his third straight game for the Bobcats...Charlotte center Nazr Mohammed was ejected at 8:30 of the third quarter are picking up a double-technical...The Bobcats won the rebounding margin, 34-31...The Wizards were without rookie John Wall (knee) and are awaiting the debut of Rashard Lewis, who was acquired in a trade with the Magic...Washington made 25-of-30 from the line...The Wizards turned the 29 Bobcats turnovers into 32 points and converted on 8-of-11 fast break opportunities...Hudson finished with eight points, and Booker supplied six for Washington.


    Dec 20 9:25 PM

    End of 3rd

    Dec 20 8:58 PM


    Dec 20 8:13 PM

    End of 1st

    Dec 20 7:37 PM
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