The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Washington Wizards 119-114 Monday night to end Washington’s three-game winning streak. Gerald Henderson continued his hot play with 27 points and Kemba Walker scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. It was another consecutive game where the backcourt of Henderson and Walker were the bright spots of Charlotte’s offense.
Henderson came into tonight’s game averaging a little over 22 points in his previous five games. Henderson, who will be a restricted free agent in the summer, is showing a lot of improvement in his offensive game and jumpshot.
Drafted four seasons ago, Henderson is starting to turn into an offensive weapon and has given the Bobcats an added dimension late in the season. Henderson got to the line 11 times and shot 50% from the field tonight against the Wizards. The Bobcats fielded trade calls for Henderson at the NBA’s Trade Deadline, but his recent stretch of play could make the team re-consider his long-term future in Charlotte.
Josh McRoberts started his fifth straight game for the Bobcats and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. McRoberts, who was acquired at the NBA’s Trade Deadline from the Orlando Magic, has been a bright spot for Charlotte in 12 games with his activity on both sides of the ball.
Ben Gordon chipped in 19 points off the bench, while Jannero Pargo and Byron Mullens combined for 23.
John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points. Wall came into the game averaging a little over 22 points and 10 assists in his last five games. Former Bobcat Emeka Okafor had 17 points and nine rebounds, while NeNe had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Martell Webster, who entered the game shooting the ball well, was held to just 12 points on 3-7 from the field.
Both the Bobcats and Wizards shot over 50% from the field in what was an entertaining shootout between two young teams. The Bobcats victory clinches the season series between the two teams.