Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
The Charlotte Bobcats picked up their seventh win of the season, matching their season total from last season as they defeated the Washington Wizards 108-106 in double overtime.
The Charlotte Bobcats became the fastest team in NBA history to match their season win total from a previous season, picking up a hard-fought seventh win over the Washington Wizards. The Bobcats won 108-106 in double-overtime, as the Wizards lost their 11th game this season and remain winless on the year.
Charlotte gained a 13-point lead in the first quarter and an 11-point lead in the third quarter, but Washington fought their way back in the game both times. A foul by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sent Martell Webster to the free-throw line with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Wizards trailing by one. Webster sank the first free-throw, but missed the second, and Washington failed to score off an offensive rebound.
Later in the game, Charlotte clung to a two-point lead with one second remaining in the first overtime. Jeffrey Taylor fouled Chris Singleton in the process of shooting a three-pointer, sending Singleton to the line with a chance to win the game. Singleton only hit two of his three free-throws, sending the game into double-overtime.
The Bobcats gained a two-possession lead with 12 seconds remaining in the second overtime. With Charlotte up two points, Ramon Sessions missed a free throw, but then Nene fouled Kemba Walker fighting for the rebound. Walker sank both of his free throws to push the Charlotte lead to four. Bradley Beal hit a three to pull within one, but a Jordan Crawford desperation shot missed at the buzzer.
Bobcats' center Byron Mullens led all scorers with 27 points, draining five shots from behind the arc and shooting 9-15 from the field overall. Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon each played well off the Charlotte bench. Sessions scored 21, including nine points from the charity stripe, while Gordon chipped in 19 points, shooting 4-6 from the three-point line. Taylor scored 12 points, while Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Webster led the Wizards with 21 points, sinking 10 of his 12 free-throws on the night. Nene played well in his second game back for Washington, scoring 19 points, while Emeka Okafor had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Beal played a well-rounded game, scoring 13 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists.