Thaddeus Young

8-man Wizards outlast Bobcats, 95-93; Cavs' 58th win sets team mark

In a close race for a playoff spot, the Charlotte Bobcats needed a victory, and what could be better than facing the woebegone Washington Wizards?

Not so fast. Charlotte wasted a 20-point lead and fell behind by eight midway through the fourth quarter, Gerald Wallace missed a free throw that would have tied the score with 6.5 seconds left, and the eight-man Wizards beat the visiting Bobcats, 95-93, on Wednesday night.

Wallace led Charlotte (31-40) with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and his layup while getting fouled cut Charlotte's deficit to 94-93. But he failed to complete a three-point play, and Emeka Okafor and Boris Diaw grabbed offensive rebounds but missed the put-back...

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