- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2005

Last night at Charlotte Bobcats Arena

BY THE NUMBERS

21 Turnovers, a season high, committed by the Wizards, who came in averaging less than 14 a game.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Gerald Wallace finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bobcats, who beat the Wizards for the first time in franchise history.



SEEN AND HEARD

After recently voicing some displeasure about not knowing his role, Wizards reserve guard Chucky Atkins felt a lot more comfortable after his breakout performance against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Atkins, who is shooting just 32.7 percent from the field this season, hit six 3-pointers and went for a season-high 20 points in the Wizards’ double-overtime victory. Before playing the Bobcats, however, Atkins was talking about how the 120-114 victory — which ended a five-game losing streak — could have a positive effect on the team.

“I just think that [Friday] night was a good win for us, one that could change our whole season around,” Atkins said. “Definitely I can build on it; we can build on it as a team. But it doesn’t really mean anything if we come out here and lay an egg on Charlotte’s court.”

Of course, that’s exactly what the Wizards did.

—John N. Mitchell

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