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Jefferson, Hornets hold off Wizards

Feb 3, 2015 - 5:34 AM Washington, DC ( - Al Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to guide the Charlotte Hornets to a 92-88 win over the Washington Wizards.

Brian Roberts had 18 points, Gerald Henderson added 17 points and five assists and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gave 13 points and 13 boards for the Hornets, who have won three of their last four.

"We just came out and played our style of basketball," said Jefferson. "We know they're a great team, loaded with a great bench. We didn't want to come out slacking and I thought we did a good job of that."

Bradley Beal had 18 points and 11 rebounds and John Wall added 16 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who have lost their past three.

"We've got to band together when things aren't going well," said Washington forward Kris Humphries. "One guy can't win a game. We have to pull together and have each other's backs."

Charlotte held an 88-80 lead after Jefferson hit a jumper with 1:19 to play, but Paul Pierce followed with a basket and, after Henderson missed at the other end, a three-point play from Wall made it a three-point game.

Following a shot clock violation from Charlotte, Wall missed a layup at the other end, and Henderson hit two free throws for a 90-85 lead.

Pierce had a clear look at a 3 and buried it to make it a two-point game with 11.9 seconds left, but Roberts countered with two free throws one second later.

Wall then missed a 3-pointer at the other end to seal the fate of his squad.

A 13-2 run by Charlotte helped the team hold a 28-24 lead after one quarter, but Washington was able to cut into the deficit in the second quarter and trailed by one, 52-51, after 24 minutes.

The Hornets continued to lead throughout the third quarter and held a 70-66 advantage heading into the final frame.

Game Notes

Charlotte's next game is a home matchup against Washington on Thursday, but this is not a home-and-home set as Washington plays in Atlanta on Wednesday ... Charlotte shot 46.8 percent and held Washington to just 40.7 percent from the floor.