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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      WASHINGTON       18   19   24   25    86   
      CHARLOTTE        24   20   16   24    84      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - BRENDAN HAYWOOD 22, GILBERT ARENAS 21, 
                      LARRY HUGHES 19
                CHA - JASON HART 20, JASON KAPONO 19, PRIMOZ 
                      BREZEC 16

HIGH REBOUND:   WAS - KWAME BROWN 12, LARRY HUGHES 8, BRENDAN 
                      HAYWOOD 8
                CHA - JASON KAPONO 8, EMEKA OKAFOR 8, PRIMOZ 
                      BREZEC 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   WAS - LARRY HUGHES 4, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 1
                CHA - JASON HART 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   15,301

Box Score

WASHINGTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Jamison 22 1-5 0-1 2-7 1 1 2 K Brown 40 8-16 0-0 1-12 0 4 16 B Haywood 36 8-12 6-9 6-8 1 1 22 G Arenas 47 5-18 10-10 1-4 1 3 21 L Hughes 39 3-15 13-16 2-8 4 3 19 J Dixon 10 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 M Ruffin 17 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 2 0 S Blake 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 L Profit 23 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 6 A Peeler DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Thomas DNP - FLU J Jeffries DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-75 29-36 16-44 9 18 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (G Arenas 1-7, L Hughes 0-2, L Profit 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:6 (B Haywood 4, L Profit, M Ruffin). Turnovers:11 (L Hughes 4, G Arenas 2, K Brown 2, A Jamison, B Haywood, L Profit). Steals: 6 (L Hughes 4, L Profit, M Ruffin). CHARLOTTE (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Wallace 37 2-15 3-4 2-6 3 4 7 E Okafor 38 3-13 1-2 1-8 1 5 7 P Brezec 34 8-14 0-0 6-7 0 3 16 J Hart 36 8-12 2-2 0-4 4 3 20 K Bogans 15 2-6 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 J Kapono 33 7-16 4-5 1-8 3 1 19 M Ely 23 2-5 2-4 3-6 3 2 6 C Alexander 13 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 3 3 T Smith 11 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 B Knight DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE M Allen DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Carroll DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-84 12-17 16-46 18 26 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (J Hart 2-3, K Bogans 2-4, J Kapono 1-1, C Alexander 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (G Wallace 2, M Ely 2, E Okafor 2, P Brezec, T Smith). Turnovers:13 (J Hart 4, C Alexander 2, T Smith 2, G Wallace 2, P Brezec, K Bogans, M Ely). Steals: 7 (J Hart 3, C Alexander, P Brezec, K Bogans, M Ely). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 18 19 24 25 - 86 CHARLOTTE 24 20 16 24 - 84 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Washington - 1 (B Haywood, 9:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,301. T: 2:17. Officials: Bob Delaney, Derek Collins, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (86) AT CHARLOTTE (84) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A JAMISON F 22 1-5 0-1 2 5 7 1 1 0 1 2 K BROWN F 40 8-16 0-0 1 11 12 0 4 0 2 16 B HAYWOOD C 36 8-12 6-9 6 2 8 1 1 0 1 22 G ARENAS G 47 5-18 10-10 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 21 L HUGHES G 39 3-15 13-16 2 6 8 4 3 4 4 19 J DIXON 10 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 M RUFFIN 17 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 S BLAKE 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 L PROFIT 23 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 6 A PEELER DNP - COACH'S DECISION E THOMAS DNP - FLU J JEFFRIES DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 28-75 29-36 16 28 44 9 18 6 11 86 (.373) (.806) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11 (8 PTS) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G WALLACE F 37 2-15 3-4 2 4 6 3 4 0 2 7 E OKAFOR F 38 3-13 1-2 1 7 8 1 5 0 0 7 P BREZEC C 34 8-14 0-0 6 1 7 0 3 1 1 16 J HART G 36 8-12 2-2 0 4 4 4 3 3 4 20 K BOGANS G 15 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 4 1 1 6 J KAPONO 33 7-16 4-5 1 7 8 3 1 0 0 19 M ELY 23 2-5 2-4 3 3 6 3 2 1 1 6 C ALEXANDER 13 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 T SMITH 11 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 0 B KNIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE M ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION M CARROLL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-84 12-17 16 30 46 18 26 7 13 84 (.393) (.706) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (20 PTS) WASHINGTON 18 19 24 25 - 86 CHARLOTTE 24 20 16 24 - 84 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - B HAYWOOD 4, L PROFIT, M RUFFIN. CHARLOTTE - G WALLACE 2, M ELY 2, E OKAFOR 2, P BREZEC, T SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-10 (.100), G ARENAS 1-7, L HUGHES 0- 2, L PROFIT 0-1. CHARLOTTE 6-9 (.667), J HART 2-3, K BOGANS 2-4, J KAPONO 1- 1, C ALEXANDER 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: WASHINGTON - B HAYWOOD. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DEREK COLLINS, VIOLET PALMER. A - 15,301. T - 2:17.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- In an instant, Laron Profit gave the Washington Wizards a rare road win. Profit scored on a follow shot with three seconds left to lift the Wizards to an 86-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The win snapped Washington's six-game losing streak on the road and was just its third in nine games overall. The club last won away from home at Cleveland on January 24 and will have nine of its next 12 games on the road. "Any win is important," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "And certainly winning on the road is always big. I'm glad we got the monkey off our back in a sense. We just have to keep winning and can't look behind." Profit was the hero in this one and spoiled an outstanding fourth-quarter effort by Bobcats guard Jason Hart, who scored 18 of his career-best 20 points in the final period, including the last 16 for Charlotte. Washington guard Gilbert Arenas hit a pair of free throws with 51 seconds left to tie the game, 84-84, and the Wizards got a stop on the other end. They began their final possession with 27 seconds left and Juan Dixon got off a jumper with five remaining. He missed, but Profit soared in untouched to tip in the winner. "(Charlotte) collapsed and we kicked it out to Juan," Profit said. "He pump-faked and shot it, and when he shot it, I just decided with the time left to try and get a hand on it, and luckily for us I got a hand on it." "We were looking to get an (isolation) for Larry (Hughes) at the top of key," Dixon added. "My man (Hughes) helped a lot and he made a great pass. I had an opportunity to make the game-winning shot and missed, but Laron made a great tip-in." Even Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff offered praise of the play. "(Profit) wanted it more on that last possession," Bickerstaff said. "Those are the situations where you have to make a play. The defense was good and so was the rotation. Now you have to rebound the ball. Profit was the one that got the basketball." Keith Bogans missed a shot from 40 feet out as time expired and the Bobcats fell to 0-3 vs. the Wizards. "It feels good to win on the road," said Washington center Brendan Haywood, who scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. "The plane ride is always long whenever you lose, so tonight we'll be able to have a good time and kick it on the plane and enjoy ourselves." Haywood shot 8-of-12 and has scored in double figures in his last five games, a season high. "I think we were very tough tonight and wanted it," Haywood said. "We got key stops when we needed to and we played as a unit. When you play hard and as a unit good things happen for you." Arenas added 21 points for Washington, which lost All-Star forward Antawn Jamison to a right knee injury early in the third quarter. Jamison will have the knee examined Monday. "His knee was sore," Jordan said. "Too sore really to continue. That is all we know right now." The Wizards came into the contest with only nine healthy players and saw each starter except Jamison log at least 36 minutes of playing time. "(Profit's game-winner) was certainly huge," Jordan said. "The way we came back and fought, being undermanned, really undermanned, especially when Antawn went out. A gutsy effort like that is what we're looking for." Charlotte has fallen victim to a series of game-winning shots this season, making the constant losing of an expansion team that much more painful. "I think you just build up immunity for the pain," Bickerstaff said after his club fell to 5-11 in games decided by four points or fewer. "We're not getting down but we need a break," Hart said. "Unfortunately that last rebound didn't go our way. This one hurts. We've been taking positives from a lot of games. I think now we're done with all the positives; by now we know what everybody can do. We just have to get a victory." Hart's fourth-quarter effort was made more important due to the absence of starting point guard Brevin Knight, who sat with an ankle injury suffered at Boston on Friday. "I was pretty much struggling through the first three quarters," Hart said. "But in the fourth quarter, I wanted to step it up and be more aggressive. Coach (Gary) Brokaw told me to be aggressive and try to score and that's what I did." "He can make those shots when given the playing minutes," Bickerstaff said. "It was a terrific effort."


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