Wizards coach Randy Wittman said his team lacked aggressiveness on defense, particularly in the paint, but attributed that to the team’s apathetic play on the offensive end of the floor.
“When you stand around and watch a guy dribble and dribble and dribble and take a bad shot, it takes away that affect (on defense),” Wittman said.
Rookie Bradley Beal said he felt like the Wizards “gave up” down the stretch.
“We can’t lose focus and today we weren’t focused,” said Beal, who was 1 of 11 shooting from the floor. “We came in lackadaisical, like we were 5-0 instead of 0-5. We didn’t come in with the edge that we usually do.”
Washington, still playing without John Wall and Nene, could never get closer than seven points in the second half after trailing by 13 at halftime. The Wizards connected on just 5 of 31 3-point attempts and had no flow whatsoever on offense.
The Bobcats took a 52-39 lead into halftime after outscoring the Wizards 30-12 in the paint.
Kidd-Gilchrist picked up where he left off Saturday night, driving aggressively to the hole in the early going. The No. 2 pick in the draft had 12 points at halftime on 5-of-8 shooting to go with five rebounds. Sessions had 11 points at the break.
Charlotte’s aggressive defense gave the Wizards fits. Washington turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 19 Bobcats points.
Brendan Haywood had a solid eight points and 11 rebounds, while reserve Tyrus Thomas chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds for the Bobcats.
Charlotte won just seven games last season and finished with the worst winning percentage (.106) in league history. But this year’s team is playing with hustle and heart and seems to have gained more confidence after beating Dallas on Saturday night to snap a 16-game losing streak against the Mavericks.
Notes: It took the Bobcats 13 games last season to win three games. Once they won their third game in 2011-12 they went on to lose 16 straight. … Washington’s starters were 15 of 43 shooting from the field.
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