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Graham, Hornets survive big night from Wizards' Bertans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Miles Bridges said he spent most of his rookie season thinking about highlight-reel plays.

But the ultra-athletic 6-foot-6, 225-pound Charlotte Hornets forward, who was featured in the NBA All-Star Game dunk contest last season, said his mentality has changed in year two.

''This year it's about doing anything to get the win,'' Bridges said. ''(I'm) focusing my defensive assignment, trying to be aggressive and making plays in the clutch.''

Devonte Graham scored 29 points, Bridges hit a huge 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 114-107 on Tuesday night in a game that featured 20 lead changes. Terry Rozier scored 17 points, Bridges had 16, P.J. Washington added 15 and Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo both had double-doubles as Charlotte salvaged a 2-3 record on a five-game homestand.

Davis Bertans scored a career-high 32 points and made eight 3-pointers for Washington. Rui Hachimura added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost six of seven.

''The guy is a bucket-getter,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Bertans. ''Every shot is a great shot because it's always squared up. He has a great release. It's such a high release and he's 6-10.''

While Bridges' 3 stood out, Hornets coach James Borrego said he likes that the former Michigan State standout is attacking the basket more often.

''For our offense to be successful, we have to get the rim,'' Borrego said. ''We have to put pressure on the rim. If we just play on the perimeter, that won't work. And Miles is one of those guys who can put pressure on the rim, whether it's a post-up or rim attack or drive or offensive rebound. When he does that, he creates offense for us.''

Graham said when Bridges drives, it opens things up for other players.

''I keep telling to him be aggressive,'' Graham said. ''Bradley Beal was talking to him a little bit, so it kind of turned him up a little bit. I love it when he plays like that. He has the body to play like that and he needs to do it every time.''

The Hornets led by one when Graham drove the left side of the lane, scored on a left-handed scoop layup and drew the foul for a three-point play with 1:34 left. Rozier added one of two free throws before Bertans made a 3 from the wing to cut Charlotte's lead to 109-107 with 31.4 seconds left.

With the Wizards pressing up on the ball, Graham passed to Washington, who found Bridges alone in the right corner for a 3 that the lefty swished to make it a two-possession game and essentially seal Washington's fate.

''I thought DB (Bertans) was huge,'' Washington's Ish Smith said. ''He got us back in the game, but we just came up short.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Beal picked up a technical foul in the final seconds of the first half for arguing that he got fouled on a coast-to-coast dunk. Beal had a rough night all around. He had 16 points but was 0 for 7 from 3-point range.

Hornets: Marvin Williams sat out his second straight game with knee soreness. ... The Hornets held the Wizards to 48 points in the first half, their fewest allowed in the opening half this season.

GRAHAM'S ADJUSTMENTS

With his dramatic improvement in his second season, Graham is now starting to see different looks on defense. Teams are blitzing him, playing him full court and face-guarding him.

But Graham keeps on producing.

''He's just reading the defense right now,'' Borrego said. ''If he can get downhill, he gets downhill, when they bring the big up he knows he's got to pocket pass, so this is just him learning on the fly right now. Teams are throwing different coverages at him. We'll see a different coverage (Wednesday) night.''

ANOTHER INJURY

As if the Wizards don't have enough injuries, starting guard Isaac Bonga left the game in the second quarter after getting off-balance while driving to the basket and hitting the back of his head on the floor.

The Wizards were already without John Wall, Thomas Bryant, Jordan McRae, Isaiah Thomas and CJ Miles.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Hornets: Begin a three-game trip Wednesday night at Brooklyn. ---

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44 +2 Terry Rozier made jump shot 0-2
11:20   Bradley Beal missed layup  
11:17   Offensive rebound by Isaac Bonga  
11:15 +2 Moe Wagner made dunk, assist by Bradley Beal 2-2
10:57 +3 P.J. Washington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 2-5
10:39   Rui Hachimura missed turnaround jump shot  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo  
10:34   Shooting foul on Isaac Bonga  
10:34   Devonte' Graham missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:34   CHA team rebound  
10:34 +1 Devonte' Graham made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-6
10:18   Rui Hachimura missed hook shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo  
10:03 +3 Miles Bridges made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Washington 2-9
9:40 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Moe Wagner 4-9
9:17   Miles Bridges missed driving layup  
9:11   Offensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
9:10   Bad pass turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Isaac Bonga  
9:05   Bradley Beal missed layup  
9:02   Offensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
9:02 +2 Bradley Beal made dunk 6-9
8:49   Violation  
8:40 +2 Bismack Biyombo made dunk, assist by Devonte' Graham 6-11
8:28   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
8:28 +1 Bradley Beal made 1st of 2 free throws 7-11
8:28   Bradley Beal missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:26   Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo  
8:04   Devonte' Graham missed jump shot, blocked by Bradley Beal  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
7:59   Violation  
7:54   Isaac Bonga missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo  
7:47   Shooting foul on Bradley Beal  
7:47 +1 Bismack Biyombo made 1st of 2 free throws 7-12
7:47 +1 Bismack Biyombo made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-13
7:30   Offensive foul on Bradley Beal  
7:30   Turnover on Bradley Beal  
7:07 +2 Miles Bridges made jump shot 7-15
7:01   Traveling violation turnover on Isaac Bonga  
6:49   Lost ball turnover on P.J. Washington, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
6:38 +2 Ish Smith made driving layup, assist by Bradley Beal 9-15
6:29   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:27   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
6:19 +2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 11-15
6:09   Out of bounds turnover on Malik Monk  
5:53   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
5:49   Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo  
5:35   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
5:30   Offensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo  
5:28 +3 Malik Monk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Washington 11-18
5:17   Backcourt turnover on Bradley Beal  
5:11   Traveling violation turnover on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  
4:55   Out of bounds turnover on Troy Brown Jr.  
4:38 +2 Cody Zeller made layup, assist by Terry Rozier 11-20
4:23   Troy Brown Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:21   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
4:05 +2 Terry Rozier made driving layup, assist by Malik Monk 11-22
4:05   Violation  
3:44   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
3:35 +3 Cody Zeller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 11-25
3:18   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:15   Defensive rebound by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  
3:05   Devonte' Graham missed finger-roll layup  
3:03   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
2:58   Davis Bertans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:54   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
2:36   Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:33   Defensive rebound by Troy Brown Jr.  
2:14 +2 Ian Mahinmi made hook shot, assist by Bradley Beal 13-25
1:52 +3 Devonte' Graham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Miles Bridges 13-28
1:48   Personal foul on Devonte' Graham  
1:29 +3 Chris Chiozza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaac Bonga 16-28
1:00   Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:57   Defensive rebound by Troy Brown Jr.  
0:54 +2 Davis Bertans made reverse layup, assist by Troy Brown Jr. 18-28
0:37   Bad pass turnover on Devonte' Graham, stolen by Chris Chiozza  
0:32   Troy Brown Jr. missed layup, blocked by Devonte' Graham  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
0:10   Miles Bridges missed floating jump shot, blocked by Isaac Bonga  
0:10   CHA team rebound  
0:08   Bad pass turnover on Miles Bridges, stolen by Troy Brown Jr.  
0:08   Personal foul on Cody Zeller  
0:08 +1 Troy Brown Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 19-28
0:08 +1 Troy Brown Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-28
0:04   Personal foul on Chris Chiozza  
0:00   Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   CHA team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:34   Chris Chiozza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Miles Bridges  
11:25   Miles Bridges missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:22   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
11:18   Personal foul on Nicolas Batum  
11:14   Shooting foul on Cody Zeller  
11:14 +1 Ian Mahinmi made 1st of 2 free throws 21-28
11:14   Ian Mahinmi missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:11   Defensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
10:56 +3 Devonte' Graham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Miles Bridges 21-31
10:42 +2 Ian Mahinmi made layup, assist by Troy Brown Jr. 23-31
10:24   Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Troy Brown Jr.  
10:16   Isaac Bonga missed layup  
10:12   Offensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
10:12 +2 Davis Bertans made dunk 25-31
9:57   Devonte' Graham missed driving layup  
9:55   Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
9:52 +3 Davis Bertans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Chiozza 28-31
9:33   Nicolas Batum missed jump shot  
9:31   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
9:26   Chris Chiozza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   CHA team rebound  
8:57   Miles Bridges missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Chris Chiozza  
8:40 +2 Ian Mahinmi made layup, assist by Rui Hachimura 30-31
8:28   Personal foul on Chris Chiozza  
8:18   P.J. Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
7:53   Davis Bertans missed fade-away jump shot  
7:53   CHA team rebound  
7:42   Jumpball  
7:30   P.J. Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Troy Brown Jr.  
7:18 +2 Rui Hachimura made hook shot, assist by Bradley Beal 32-31
7:03   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:58   Offensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
6:58   Nicolas Batum missed dunk  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
6:58   Personal foul on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  
6:45   Shooting foul on P.J. Washington  
6:45   Rui Hachimura missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:45   WAS team rebound  
6:45 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-31
6:28   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:25   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
6:21   Rui Hachimura missed layup, blocked by P.J. Washington  
6:21   WAS team rebound  
6:13 +2 Ish Smith made turnaround jump shot, assist by Davis Bertans 35-31
5:52 +2 P.J. Washington made jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 35-33
5:41 +2 Ish Smith made driving layup 37-33
5:26   Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed layup  
5:25   Offensive rebound by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  
5:25 +2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made dunk 37-35
5:25   Shooting foul on Rui Hachimura  
5:25   Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed free throw  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
5:04   Moe Wagner missed driving layup, blocked by Miles Bridges  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
4:45 +2 Terry Rozier made layup 37-37
4:36   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
4:33   Defensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
4:28 +3 P.J. Washington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 37-40
4:12 +2 Bradley Beal made dunk, assist by Moe Wagner 39-40
3:54 +2 Cody Zeller made driving layup 39-42
3:39 +3 Davis Bertans made 3-pt. jump shot 42-42
3:39   Shooting foul on Devonte' Graham  
3:39 +1 Davis Bertans made free throw 43-42
3:22 +2 Cody Zeller made driving layup, assist by Nicolas Batum 43-44
3:14   Shooting foul on Nicolas Batum  
3:14   Rui Hachimura missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:14   WAS team rebound  
3:14 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-44
3:00   Miles Bridges missed driving layup  
3:00   Offensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
3:00   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
2:51   Shooting foul on Davis Bertans  
2:51   Miles Bridges missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:51   CHA team rebound  
2:51 +1 Miles Bridges made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-45
2:44   Shooting foul on Nicolas Batum  
2:44 +1 Bradley Beal made 1st of 2 free throws 45-45
2:44 +1 Bradley Beal made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-45
2:24   Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:23   WAS team rebound  
2:09   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
1:56 +2 Miles Bridges made layup 46-47
1:46   Moe Wagner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
1:42   Personal foul on Moe Wagner  
1:42   Cody Zeller missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:42   CHA team rebound  
1:42 +1 Cody Zeller made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-48
1:30   Offensive foul on Troy Brown Jr.  
1:30   Turnover on Troy Brown Jr.  
1:14 +2 Miles Bridges made hook shot 46-50
0:54   Moe Wagner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
0:45   Shooting foul on Rui Hachimura  
0:45 +1 P.J. Washington made 1st of 2 free throws 46-51
0:45 +1 P.J. Washington made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-52
0:26   Bradley Beal missed finger-roll layup  
0:23   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
0:07   Offensive foul on Cody Zeller  
0:07   Turnover on Cody Zeller  
0:03 +2 Bradley Beal made dunk 48-52
0:03   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:03 +1 Terry Rozier made free throw 48-53
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:53   Personal foul on Bismack Biyombo  
11:40 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 50-53
11:18   Miles Bridges missed reverse layup  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
11:06 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 52-53
10:44   Bismack Biyombo missed driving layup, blocked by Ish Smith  
10:44   WAS team rebound  
10:44   Personal foul on Bismack Biyombo  
10:34 +2 Ish Smith made driving layup 54-53
10:22   Shooting foul on Ish Smith  
10:22 +1 Bismack Biyombo made 1st of 2 free throws