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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 32 19 17 27 95 CHARLOTTE 21 21 14 21 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 23, ROD STRICKLAND 18, JUWAN HOWARD 13 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 13, ELDEN CAMPBELL 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 7, JAHIDI WHITE 6 CHA - PJ BROWN 10, ELDEN CAMPBELL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 6, FELIPE LOPEZ 5 CHA - BARON DAVIS 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 16,043


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (95) AT CHARLOTTE (77)

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HOWARD F 29 6-10 1-1 1 3 4 2 1 0 2 13 LOPEZ F 32 2-8 8-10 0 5 5 5 2 2 0 12 J WHITE C 21 2-5 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 1 4 6 RICHMOND G 28 3-8 3-3 0 1 1 3 1 0 3 10 STRICKLAND G 32 6-10 6-6 0 3 3 6 1 0 1 18 EKEZIE 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 HAMILTON 23 9-14 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 1 3 23 KING 19 1-1 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 4 PARKS 13 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 0 2 2 MICHAEL SMITH 21 1-2 1-2 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 3 C WHITNEY 16 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 1 1 2 P JONES DNP - FRACTURED LEFT INDEX FINGER

TOTALS 240 33-65 25-28 4 32 36 24 28 5 18 95 (.508) (.893) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BROWN F 37 4-6 4-4 3 7 10 2 3 2 1 12 MASHBURN F 35 5-21 3-4 2 1 3 1 3 1 3 13 CAMPBELL C 29 4-7 5-10 1 7 8 2 4 1 4 13 DAVIS G 39 2-10 2-2 3 1 4 6 5 4 2 6 WESLEY G 36 3-13 6-8 0 0 0 4 4 0 4 12 THORPE 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 2 RECASNER 15 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 1 4 ROBINSON 19 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 HAWKINS 7 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 MAGLOIRE 7 3-4 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 7 JAMES 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 COLEMAN DNP - CHANGE IN HEART MEDICATION

TOTALS 240 27-74 23-32 11 22 33 21 25 9 16 77 (.365) (.719) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

WASHINGTON 32 19 17 27 - 95 CHARLOTTE 21 21 14 21 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD 2, PARKS 2, MICHAEL SMITH. CHARLOTTE - BROWN 3, CAMPBELL, DAVIS, JAMES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-8 (.500), J WHITE 0-1, RICHMOND 1-2, HAMILTON 3-4, C WHITNEY 0-1. CHARLOTTE 0-9 (.000), MASHBURN 0-2, DAVIS 0-1, WESLEY 0-5, ROBINSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - MICHAEL SMITH, CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL, MASHBURN. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, KEVIN FEHR. A - 16,043. T - 2:14.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 29 6-10 1-1 1-4 2 1 13 Lopez 32 2-8 8-10 0-5 5 2 12 J White 21 2-5 2-2 1-6 1 3 6 Richmond 28 3-8 3-3 0-1 3 1 10 Strickland 32 6-10 6-6 0-3 6 1 18 Ekezie 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Hamilton 23 9-14 2-2 0-1 1 4 23 King 19 1-1 2-2 0-3 1 3 4 Parks 13 1-4 0-0 0-4 1 3 2 Michael Smith 21 1-2 1-2 2-7 1 2 3 C Whitney 16 1-2 0-0 0-2 3 4 2 P Jones DNP - fractured left index finger _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-65 25-28 4-36 24 28 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.893. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (J White 0-1, Richmond 1-2, Hamilton 3-4, C Whitney 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Howard 2, Parks 2, Michael Smith). Turnovers: 21 (J White 4, Hamilton 3, Richmond 3, Howard 2, Parks 2, C Whitney, Ekezie, Michael Smith, Strickland). Steals: 5 (Lopez 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, J White).

CHARLOTTE (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 37 4-6 4-4 3-10 2 3 12 Mashburn 35 5-21 3-4 2-3 1 3 13 Campbell 29 4-7 5-10 1-8 2 4 13 Davis 39 2-10 2-2 3-4 6 5 6 Wesley 36 3-13 6-8 0-0 4 4 12 Thorpe 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Recasner 15 2-4 0-0 0-1 4 0 4 Robinson 19 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Hawkins 7 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 Magloire 7 3-4 1-2 2-3 0 1 7 James 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Coleman DNP - change in heart medication _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-74 23-32 11-33 21 25 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (Mashburn 0-2, Davis 0-1, Wesley 0-5, Robinson 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Brown 3, Campbell, Davis, James). Turnovers: 16 (Campbell 4, Wesley 4, Mashburn 3, Davis 2, Brown, James, Recasner). Steals: 9 (Davis 4, Brown 2, Campbell, Mashburn, Recasner). ____________________________________________ Washington 32 19 17 27 - 95 Charlotte 21 21 14 21 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Michael Smith, 10:00 2nd). Charlotte 2 (Campbell, 10:00 2nd; Mashburn, 6:18 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,043. T: 2:14. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Charlotte Hornets were taught a lesson by the Washington Wizards -- last season's home-court success does not guarantee anything this season.

Richard Hamilton scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards spoiled the Hornets' home opener and snapped a five-game skid against them with a 95-77 victory.

The Hornets appeared a step behind the Wizards from the opening tip, falling behind 32-21 after 12 minutes. They may have been looking past Washington, which finished last in the Atlantic Division last season and were a dismal 12-29 on the road.

On the other hand, the Hornets were one of the best home teams in the NBA last season, using a 30-11 mark at Charlotte Coliseum to qualify for the fourth playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Prior to tonight's lethargic effort, Charlotte had won 13 of the previous 16 home meetings with the Wizards dating to the 1991-92 campaign.

Hamilton was nearly unstoppable in the final period, scoring all but 12 of Washington's points. The second-year guard hit 9-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, as the Wizards shot an impressive 51 percent (33-of-65) from the field.

"The guys did a good job of setting screens, I had very nice looks most of the night and I took advantage of it," Hamilton said. "We wanted to come out and play good defense and make a statement and I think we did that."

"Tonight was a team victory, we had a high level of concentration both offensively and defensively," said Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton, who notched his first NBA victory. "Richard is very capable, he was in a great rhythm tonight."

Jamal Mashburn and Elden Campbell scored 13 points each for the Hornets, who were without starting power forward Derrick Coleman for the second straight game. Coleman is expected to miss at least the next two contests due to an irregular heartbeat.

The Hornets shot only 37 percent (27-of-74) and missed all nine of their 3-point attempts.

"Tonight, nothing much went right, period," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "I was disappointed in our overall defense. When you are not making shots and not playing defense, you're going to lose. We just couldn't convert anything. We shot so poorly tonight. Last night, the threes went in, tonight they didn't and we had the same looks."

Rod Strickland scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting and Juwan Howard added seven in the opening quarter as the Wizards used 62 percent shooting (13-of-21) to open an 11-point cushion.

"It was very important to come out strong, we wanted to be aggressive and put pressure on Charlotte," Strickland said. "We had good ball movement and were very patient on offense."

The Wizards stretched the lead to 14 early in the second but 10 turnovers in the quarter allowed Charlotte to close within 47-41 with 2:50 left. Washington took a 51-42 edge into halftime.

Charlotte got within five on three occasions in the third, trailing 55-50 with 8:47 left in the period. But the Wizards responded with a 10-0 surge that provided a 15-point cushion just over four minutes later.

Washington took a 68-56 lead into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 21 late in the session.

"I don't blame it on the shooting; defensively we didn't do a good job," said Hornets forward P.J. Brown, who collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. "It was a horrendous home opener, we just didn't step up."

Wizards guard Mitch Richmond scored 10 points and moved into 25th place on the all-time list with 19,653, passing former Washington star Bernard King.

"That's great to achieve something like that, especially when you get a victory on top of it," Richmond said. "Hopefully, I'll move up a little bit more on the list."

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