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Charlotte at Washington

Bobcats match last season's victory total, keep Wizards winless

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- A season ago, the Charlotte Bobcats were the losingest team in the history of the NBA. The Washington Wizards are trying to avoid that distinction.

The Bobcats beat the Wizards 108-106 in two overtimes on Saturday night, equaling their win total from last season in just their 12th game.

In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Charlotte was 7-59, the lowest winning percentage in NBA history. They're already 7-5.

Washington was hoping to win its first game, but fell to 0-11.

"We were that victim, but we didn't play it," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said.

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"We're trying to go from the losingest organization in the history of the NBA to establishing where people have to respect us. I don't know anything about wins. I do know about respect."

The Wizards and their fans tried desperately for their first one. One fan held up a sign that read: "All I want 4 Christmas is a win."

Washington has 14 games between now and Dec. 25, and if it doesn't win before then, the Wizards would be 0-25 and easily set a record for the worst start in NBA history. New Jersey went 0-18 to start the 2009-10 season.

The Wizards led 103-101 with 1:27 to play in the second overtime, but Reggie Williams hit his only shot of the game -- a 3-pointer to give Charlotte a 104-103 lead with 1:18 to play.

"It's hard to win a game," a disheartened Washington coach Randy Wittman said.

"You have to make plays down the stretch. I thought we had three great looks, they just didn't go in. A lot of things -- start of the game, start of third quarter. That lies with me. I'm not pointing a finger at my players. Obviously, it lies with me, I know it lies with me and I need to figure a way out to get this righted. That's what my job is and I'll take full responsibility for that."

Byron Mullens scored 27 points, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Ben Gordon added 19 for the Bobcats.

Washington fell to 0-11 despite the spark supplied by Nene, who energized the Wizards during most of his 29 minutes, but in the end, the Bobcats pulled out the win.

Martel Webster had 21 points for Washington and Nene scored 19. It was just the second game for Nene after he missed the first nine with a foot injury.

"I don't know how many games we lost. I just know there were a couple games we were supposed to win," Nene said.

Webster defended Nene.

"He wants to win. He's out here battling his butt off. He's got some issues, but for the team, for what our vision, for what our goal is, he goes out there and plays with heart, he wants to win."

Bradley Beal made a 3-pointer to draw Washington within 107-106 with 1.6 seconds to go. Kemba Walker made one of two free throws with 0.8 seconds to play, and Jordan Crawford missed a long heave at the buzzer.

The Bobcats appeared to have won the game in the first overtime, but Chris Singleton was fouled by Charlotte's Jeff Taylor as he attempted a 3-point attempt with 0.4 seconds to play. Singleton made the first, missed the second and converted on the third for a 99-all tie.

Nene returned to the game with just over four minutes left in regulation and Washington trailing 88-83. The Wizards scored the last six points of regulation to force the first overtime.

In its first 10 games, Washington lost by an average of seven points. The only game in which the Wizards were totally uncompetitive was their 16-point loss in Charlotte on Nov. 13. Three of their 11 losses have been in overtime.

Notes

  • On Sept. 28, the Wizards announced that G John Wall would miss the first month of the regular season with a left knee injury. Wittman said that he won't hazard a guess on Wall's return. "I don't know where we're at. If I could give you a time, I would," Wittman said. "I have no idea. He has not practiced at all, so until that time comes, I don't know what the timetable's going to be."
  • Washington F Trevor Booker missed his second straight game with a left knee injury.
  • Charlotte G Gerald Henderson (sprained left foot) and F Tyrus Thomas (strained left calf) will continue to be out for "the foreseeable future," coach Dunlap said.
  • Three Bobcats -- Gordon, Taylor and F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fouled out.
  • According to STATS LLC., this was Charlotte's first double-overtime game since an Oct. 30, 2009, win over New York, and Washington's first since Mar. 23, 2011, when it lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
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Ramon Sessions totals 20 points and the Bobcats earn their seventh win, matching last year's total when they went 7-59.  (Getty Images)
Ramon Sessions totals 20 points and the Bobcats earn their seventh win, matching last year's total when they went 7-59. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Charlotte (7-4) «2525222079108
Washington (0-11)2427212077106
CHA:B. Mullens 27 Pts
CHA:B. Mullens 8 Reb
CHA:K. Walker 8 Ast
WAS:M. Webster 21 Pts
WAS:C. Singleton 12 Reb
WAS:J. Crawford 6 Ast
Players of the Game
CharlotteWashington

Byron Mullens

Bradley Beal
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
278213105

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Charlotte
K. Walker, PG473-176-878112
B. Mullens, C469-154-582427
B. Haywood, C371-20-05242
J. Taylor, SF373-64-630612
M. Kidd-Gilchrist, SF245-100-083610
R. Sessions, PG416-149-1153221
B. Gordon, SG316-133-422619
H. Warrick, PF100-22-22012
D. Diop, C90-00-00020
R. Williams, SF81-40-00013
T. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
G. Henderson, SGDid Not Play
B. Biyombo, PFDid Not Play
C. Higgins, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8328-36402033108
 41.0%77.8% 
Washington
B. Beal, SG403-124-4105113
J. Crawford, SG354-151-14639
S. Livingston, PG223-42-24028
K. Seraphin, PF223-100-05016
J. Vesely, SF101-10-10002
M. Webster, SG354-1010-1243321
C. Singleton, SF333-117-10121613
Nene, C298-133-453319
T. Ariza, SG220-32-21342
E. Okafor, C214-93-370311
A. Price, PG201-50-01022
E. Barron, CDid Not Play
C. Martin, PFDid Not Play
T. Booker, PFDid Not Play
J. Wall, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-9332-39532128106
 36.6%82.1% 
Other Games
LAC 93 Final
Atl 104
OKC 116 Final
Phi 109
Cle 108 Final
Mia 110
LAL 115 Final
Dal 89
Chi 93 Final
Mil 86
Utah 97 Final
Sac 108
Min 85 Final
GS 96