Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Marcin Gortat finished with a double double to lead the Washington Wizards to a 97-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Wizards snapped a three game losing streak in the first of their three game road swing.
Gortat finished with 18 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocks in 38 minutes. Gortat was able to hold to Bobcats center Al Jefferson to six points and 3-of-9 shooting. Washington scored 28 points in the paint and outrebounded Charlotte by eight.
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds. Kemba Walker scored 19 points and Ramon Sessions had 10 off the bench. The Bobcats got limited scoring from their starters outside of Henderson and Walker. Jefferson, Josh McRoberts and Chris Douglas-Roberts combined for just 14 points.
Douglas-Roberts made his second consecutive start, since being signed by the Bobcats last month. Anthony Tolliver was the starter after second year forward Jeff Taylor was lost for the remainder of the season with a ruptured left achilles. Tolliver scored eight points in 21 minutes off the bench.
The Bobcats are 2-7 since Taylor’s injury and were already without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who suffered a fractured left hand against Dallas in December.
Charlotte has lost six of their last seven games, but remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Washington is two games ahead with the fifth seed.