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Beal Leads Wizards to Win Over Bobcats

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Bradley Beal shoots against the Charlotte Bobcats during their Jan. 7, 2014 game at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bradley Beal shoots against the Charlotte Bobcats during their Jan. 7, 2014 game at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bradley Beal scored 21 points to lead the Wizards to a 97-83 win over the Bobcats on Tuesday night.

Beal was one of five Wizards to score in double figures. Marcin Gortat added 18 points, John Wall had 17 points, Trevor Booker 12 and Martell Webster 10. Gortat added 12 rebounds while helping hold Charlotte center Al Jefferson to six points on 3-of-9 field-goal shooting.

Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with a season-high 27 points. Kemba Walker added 19 and Ramon Sessions 10 as they fell to 15-21 with their sixth loss in seven games. The Bobcats are now 8-11 at home.

The Wizards (15-17) used a 17-0 run in the third quarter — when the Bobcats went scoreless for more than six minutes — to take control of what had been a close game. Wall helped ignite the decisive run when he grabbed a loose ball as the 24-second shot clock wound down and hit a 3-point shot from 35 feet at the shot-clock buzzer.

The Wizards led 43-39 after a listless first half, during which both teams shot just under 43 percent from the field.

Henderson scored 11 of Charlotte’s first 13 points in the first six minutes of the game, but then proceeded to miss six of his last seven shots in the first half. He was the only player from either team to reach double figures in scoring in the opening half with 15.

The Bobcats were particularly inept on offense in the first half, missing half of their 12 free-throw attempts while failing to register any fast-break or second-chance points.

The game remained close, with the Bobcats pulling to within 47-45 on a 3-pointer by Chris Douglas-Roberts with 9:32 left in the third quarter, before the Wizards went on their 17-0 run. The Bobcats were down 64-45 before they scored again on a pair of free throws by Anthony Tolliver.

From there, the Bobcats rallied, but the closest they could come was to within 88-81 on a three-point play by Tolliver with 2:14 remaining. Beal immediately answered with a jumper for the Wizards, who then went on to close the game with a 9-2 run.

The Wizards held a 46-38 rebounding advantage and a 28-18 edge on points in the paint.

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