Wizards Win, Get Ready to Nap
CHARLOTTE -- My inclination that this early morning game would lead to a record number of turnovers - what with the lack of sleep, the dragging of feet - didn't exactly come to fruition, although both teams combined to fumble the ball 40 times in the Wizards' 100-91 victory. The Wizards, however, did commit 26 of those turnovers, with Donell Taylor leading the way with eight - which almost negated his 12 points off the bench, given that several of them led to points for the Bobcats. DeShawn Stevenson also had a little trouble with the ball as he turned over the ball five times in just over 14 minutes.
The Bobcats had fewer turnovers, but they certainly had the more entertaining variety. Early in the first quarter, Bobcats guard Raymond Felton zipped a no-look, cross-court pass that . . . went directly to Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan. Without thinking, Jordan took off, dribbling the ball past halfcourt before he finally realized that he was in an expensive suit and not shorts and sneakers, and handed the ball over to an official. A few possessions later, Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace attempted a pass and the ball just rolled right out of his hands and much to the surprise of Antawn Jamison, it plopped right into his hands.
Wallace had an impressive line with 22 points and six steals. Jamison led the Wizards with 22.
Once again, the Wizards second unit played solidly, as forwards Andray Blatche and James Lang both had eight points and Michael Ruffin matched starting center Etan Thomas's output with seven rebounds. Brendan Haywood played just 10 minutes - all in the first half - backing up Thomas, who only played 14. Jordan said Haywood "didn't exactly tear it up" against the Bobcats (Haywood finished with one rebound and three turnovers) but that he was fine and would get the start tomorrow in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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