Faced with the risk of taking yet another step toward infamy by becoming the first NBA team in history to go winless in their division, the Washington Wizards overcame limited offensive firepower and a shallow bench and pulled off a 95-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Verizon Center.
Fueled by 27 points and eight rebounds from Antawn Jamison and 23 points off the bench from Nick Young, the Wizards came back from a 20-point second-quarter deficit and improved to 17-56 this season.
And the Wizards finally won a game in the Southeast Division after losing their 14 previous matchups.
The Wizards again were short-handed as guard/forward Caron Butler (strained left hamstring), guard Juan Dixon (strained right Achilles tendon) and forward/center Darius Songaila (pinched nerve in neck) again were sidelined. It was the seventh consecutive game Butler missed, the second straight Songaila missed, and the third game in the last four outings that Dixon missed.
That trio joined inactives Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood, Etan Thomas (knee) and DeShawn Stevenson (back), and left the Wizards with just eight healthy players.
The Wizards trailed 55-35 with 4:06 left in the second quarter but rallied to pull within 57-50 at halftime. They then opened the third quarter with a 13-6 run to tie the game at 63-63 on a 3-pointer by Mike James with 6:25 left in the third. And after a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Wizards held off a late-game charge by the Bobcats for the victory.