Bobcats battle back to top Wizards 100-94

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2014 at 10:39 pm •  Published: March 31, 2014
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Jefferson walked to the scorer's table at the start of the third quarter and told whoever was in earshot, "Hey, watch this comeback."

"Everyone looked at me like I was crazy," Jefferson said. "At the end of the game though people were pointing at me saying, 'You said it. You said it.'"

Charlotte's defense was the big difference.

Coach Steve Clifford also went to a pick-and-roll with Walker and Jefferson.

"The Wizards did a good job of taking away the post," Clifford said.

The momentum turned four minutes into the fourth quarter when Walker came up with the loose ball off a Washington turnover and fed Chris Douglas-Roberts for a fast-break layup in traffic with 7:38 left in the game. Douglas-Roberts had to adjust in midair to get his body from one side of the rim to the other to avoid defenders and get the shot to drop.

Douglas-Roberts made a 3-point play and then knocked down a long-distance 3 to cut the lead to one before Jefferson's put back gave the Bobcats the lead for good.

Jefferson hit a 16-footer to push the lead to three.

Walker followed with a backbreaker when he scored on a driving layup to make it 97-92 after a Bobcats possession that took more than a minute off the clock. Charlotte twice came up with key offensive rebounds, allowing Walker to bring the ball back out and reset the offense and milk time off the clock.

"When you give a team two to three looks one time down the floor, they're going to make one," said Wizards forward Drew Gooden. "I would say we lost the game giving them second and third possessions offensively."

Jefferson left the game briefly at the end of the first quarter to head to the locker room to get the stitches above his right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from Trevor Booker.

"I had to get a shot to numb it and I hate needles," Jefferson said.

NOTES: Gary Neal returned to action for the Bobcats after missing two games with an ankle injury. He had nine points ... The Bobcats have won four of six against Washington, but have split their two games this season. ... The Bobcats have won 11 of their last 13 at home.