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Walker, Hornets lose 3rd straight game, 109-106 at Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) After Kemba Walker's potentially tying 3-point try went around the rim and out at the buzzer of the Charlotte Hornets' third consecutive loss, the star guard and coach Steve Clifford agreed on this: The team needs to be more physical.

''Sooner or later, we've got to respond. We have to respond as a group or it's not going to get better,'' Clifford said. ''I'm sick of watching it, frankly.''

John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 19 of their 45 points in the third quarter, and the Wizards outrebounded the Hornets while scoring twice as many points in the paint during Washington's 109-106 victory over the Southeast Division leaders Wednesday night.

''It's the lack of physicality overall. I just told them that. I love our guys, but listen: We got knocked around ... again tonight,'' Clifford said. ''If guys aren't willing to be more physical, we're going to be an up-and-down team. We'll struggle to make the playoffs. You have to change - no matter how old you are, how many years you've been in the league.''

Told of his coach's assessment, Walker said: ''He sees it all. He's watching the whole game. So he's right.''

Charlotte is 0-3 to start a five-game road trip after losses at Cleveland on Saturday, then at Indiana on Monday.

Against Washington, the Hornets led by as many as 10 early in the third quarter, then trailed by as many as 12, but made things interesting at the end.

The Hornets pulled within two points after Marco Belinelli stole the ball from Wall, leading to Cody Zeller's layup with 10.6 seconds remaining. Wall made one of two free throws a second later for a three-point lead, before Nicolas Batum and Walker both missed 3s that would have tied it.

After Batum's miss, Walker got the rebound and moved out beyond the arc to launch his shot, which came oh-so-close to going in at the buzzer.

Beal said afterward he was ''a little nervous, I'm not going to lie, because he had a solid look.''

TIP-INS

Hornets: Batum scored 20 points on his 28th birthday. He had game highs of 14 points and seven assists in the first half, helping Charlotte lead 54-49. ... G Ramon Sessions, who played the last two seasons for Washington, scored four points.

Wizards: Wall drew a technical - his sixth of the season - for jawing with Belinelli after making a basket in the fourth quarter. ... Markieff Morris was a late scratch because of a sore left foot. Kelly Oubre Jr. started in his place and scored 15 points. ... Rookie F Danuel House missed his 10th game in a row with a broken right wrist.

WALL VS. WALKER

Wall, wearing bright orange neon shoes, outplayed Walker, finishing with more points (25-17) and assists (10-9), along with seven steals to become Washington's franchise leader in that category, surpassing Greg Ballard, who played in the 1970s and 1980s. Wall became the team's career leader in assists earlier this season.

''He wants to be the best at everything he does,'' Beal said of his backcourt mate.

BIG QUARTER

Washington eclipsed its season high for points in a quarter during the third, outscoring Charlotte 38-23 in that period, including a 23-5 run.

BEAL'S DEAL

Beal, 0 for 6 in the first half, scored 11 points in the third. He finished with 20 points, a career-high nine assists and one turnover.

''Oh, that's a good ratio,'' he said with a big smile.

UP NEXT

Hornets: At the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

Wizards: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
J. Wall
2 PG
36.2 Min. Per Game 36.2
23.9 Pts. Per Game 23.9
9.5 Ast. Per Game 9.5
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
46.5 Field Goal % 45.4
41.2 Three Point % 34.6
78.4 Free Throw % 83.0
  Team rebound 0:01
  Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Offensive rebound by Kemba Walker 0:04
  Nicolas Batum missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Full timeout called 0:10
+ 1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
  Team rebound 0:10
  John Wall missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Kemba Walker 0:10
  Full timeout called 0:10
+ 2 Cody Zeller made layup 0:10
Team Stats
Points 106 109
Field Goals 38-74 (51.4%) 45-87 (51.7%)
3-Pointers 14-33 (42.4%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 42 44
Offensive 5 12
Defensive 28 29
Team 9 3
Assists 25 27
Steals 7 15
Blocks 8 3
Turnovers 18 14
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 1
20 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
25 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Hornets 14-12 30242329106
home team logo Wizards 10-14 26233822109
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 14-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Wizards 10-14 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Batum SF 9.3 PPG 5.2 RPG 3.3 APG 45.0 FG%
J. Wall PG 20.7 PPG 3.6 RPG 8.7 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Batum SF 20 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
J. Wall PG 25 PTS 6 REB 10 AST
51.4 FG% 51.7
42.4 3PT FG% 27.8
76.2 FT% 82.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Batum 20 5 8 7/14 3/8 3/3 3 37 2 1 3 0 5 0 41
C. Zeller 18 2 1 6/7 0/0 6/8 5 30 0 2 3 1 1 0 21
K. Walker 17 6 9 7/15 3/8 0/0 3 36 0 0 3 1 5 0 38
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 11 3 0 5/7 0/0 1/2 2 26 1 1 2 0 3 0 14
M. Williams 4 4 1 2/6 0/3 0/0 0 26 0 0 1 1 3 0 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Batum 20 5 8 7/14 3/8 3/3 3 37 2 1 3 0 5 0 41
C. Zeller 18 2 1 6/7 0/0 6/8 5 30 0 2 3 1 1 0 21
K. Walker 17 6 9 7/15 3/8 0/0 3 36 0 0 3 1 5 0 38
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 11 3 0 5/7 0/0 1/2 2 26 1 1 2 0 3 0 14
M. Williams 4 4 1 2/6 0/3 0/0 0 26 0 0 1 1 3 0 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Belinelli 16 1 1 6/10 4/6 0/0 1 22 0 0 2 0 1 0 17
F. Kaminsky 10 4 1 3/9 3/6 1/2 0 22 1 1 3 0 4 0 15
R. Sessions 4 1 1 1/3 1/1 1/2 1 12 2 0 1 0 1 0 8
R. Hibbert 4 6 2 0/0 0/0 4/4 3 18 1 3 0 2 4 0 18
J. Lamb 2 1 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
S. Hawes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 33 25 38/74 14/33 16/21 18 240 7 8 18 5 28 0 186
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Wall 25 6 10 9/19 0/2 7/8 2 36 7 0 8 2 4 0 50
B. Beal 20 4 9 6/16 3/7 5/6 4 37 0 0 1 0 4 0 41
M. Gortat 16 12 2 8/11 0/0 0/0 3 36 2 1 1 5 7 0 34
K. Oubre 15 6 1 7/12 1/4 0/1 2 40 2 0 1 0 6 0 24
O. Porter 10 5 2 5/9 0/2 0/0 3 36 1 2 0 2 3 0 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Wall 25 6 10 9/19 0/2 7/8 2 36 7 0 8 2 4 0 50
B. Beal 20 4 9 6/16 3/7 5/6 4 37 0 0 1 0 4 0 41
M. Gortat 16 12 2 8/11 0/0 0/0 3 36 2 1 1 5 7 0 34
K. Oubre 15 6 1 7/12 1/4 0/1 2 40 2 0 1 0 6 0 24
O. Porter 10 5 2 5/9 0/2 0/0 3 36 1 2 0 2 3 0 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Smith 12 7 2 5/9 0/0 2/2 1 18 3 0 2 3 4 0 24
T. Burke 6 0 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
M. Thornton 5 1 0 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 0 1 0 5
A. Nicholson 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Satoransky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. McClellan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ochefu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 109 41 27 45/87 5/18 14/17 18 239 15 3 14 12 29 0 208