It’s official. As the season stands now, the 15-and-17 Washington Wizards have earned more wins on the road than at the Verizon Center.
The latest road victory – a 97-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats (15-21) Tuesday night – featured a stellar performance from Bradley Beal and a 17-0 third-quarter run that helped the Wizards edge the Bobcats once and for all.
In addition to Beal’s 21 points, Marcin Gortat and John Wall added 18 and 17 respectively, while Trevor Booker and Martell Webster rounded out the double-digit points club for the night.
The two teams kept things close throughout the first half. With two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Wall found Nene, who slammed one in to make it 21-18 Wizards. Nene added a free basket with less than a minute remaining before Webster’s jumper sent the Washington into the second quarter, up 24-21.
Halfway through the quarter, Jan Vesely revived the Wizards with a huge dunk to make it 30-28 Washington. Gortat and Beal combined for six points in the next two minutes of play, and Wall added another six points himself before Gortat’s final free throw of the quarter made it 43-39 at the half.
Then, in the second half, the Wizards blew through the gates.
It all began when Booker found Wall for an alley-oop. The duo alternated jump shots before Trevor Ariza drove to the net to make it 58-45 Washington. Booker added another four points before Beal’s 19-footer capped off the 17-0 run, putting the Wizards in front 64-45.
Washington lost momentum at the tail end of the fourth quarter when Charlotte pulled back within single-digits; however, the Bobcats’ efforts proved too little too late.
Kemba Walker and Anthony Tolliver led an 8-0 run for the Bobcats with little more than two minutes left to play, but Beal and Webster responded with a pair of jumpers to return the Wizards to a double-digit lead.
Wall made each of his four foul shots in the final minute of basketball to seal the Wizards’ 97-83 win.
The win marks the fifth straight time the Wizards have beaten an East team on the road.