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Coach rips winless Wizards after loss to Bobcats

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Washington Wizards are a mess without injured stars Nene and John Wall.

They were at their ugliest Tuesday night in a woeful 92-76 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

The numbers told the whole story for Washington: 29.8 percent shooting from the field (25-for-84); 16.1 percent shooting from 3-point range (5-for- 31); 17 turnovers; outscored 46-24 in the paint. Twelve points in the second quarter on 3-of-15 shooting from the field, allowing the Bobcats to take control of the game. One player -- Trevor Ariza with 19 points -- scoring in double figures.

Add it all up, and the Wizards are 0-6 with any number of problems.

Ramon Sessions came off the bench to lead the Bobcats (3-3) with 21 points. Kemba Walker added 17 points for Charlotte, and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 15.

Washington coach Randy Wittman was livid afterward, especially since the Wizards totally fell apart after pulling out to a 27-23 lead after one quarter. The Wizards managed just 49 points in the final three quarters.

"When you struggle like that, there are reasons for that," Wittman said. "The first quarter was one of our better quarters. We moved the ball, passed, very little holding of the ball, very little searching for shots. The second quarter, it just all became a search. Hold the ball, dribble, dribble, dribble until I exhaust my opportunity to shoot the ball, which leads to turnovers or awful shots, and that's the reason you shoot 29 percent.

"I don't take anything away from Charlotte. They came out and got after us. But that display offensively in terms of trying to do everything on your own -- we don't have a player on our team we can do that with. And until we realize that and until we play with a little bit more sense of urgency and draw and kick and help each other get a shot, we're going to have lapses like this.

"We've had lapses like this every game. That's something that's got to change. I've got to find the right guys that will do the right thing. We play with no concept, no rhyme or reason or understanding of what's going on. We just don't play as a unit."

Nene (plantar fasciitis) and Wall (left patella surgery) are with the club, but there is no timetable for their return. Wall was dribbling and shooting before the game.

Washington guard Bradley Beal, who finished 1-for-11 from the field and scored eight points, said the Wizards have started pressing.

"Honestly, I think the one-on-one stuff is just from guys wanting to make plays," Beal said. "We want to win so bad that guys are trying to do it themselves sometimes, and they try to do too much. Obviously it's bad, but I don't think it's that bad, because guys are trying to be aggressive, trying to make plays. But at the same time, we have to know our limitations."

The Bobcats have gone through similar problems in the past, setting an NBA futility record last season by going 7-59. That only made them hungrier to take care of business Tuesday night.

"They're down, and you've got to take advantage of it," Sessions said. "In this league, every night is a different night. Sitting in the locker room before the game, we knew on paper we should win this one, and that's what we did. That just shows the progress that we're making to become a better team."

The Bobcats also got 10 points from Tyrus Thomas and eight points and 11 rebounds from Brendan Haywood.

Coupled with a 101-97 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Bobcats have won two straight and are 3-1 at home.

"We're trying to change the culture here," Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. "We just want to be as tough to beat at home as we can. We're saying defense first, and they're getting some results from it."

The Bobcats will play the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Wednesday night, while the Wizards will finish up a three-game road trip Wednesday at Dallas.

NOTES: The Bobcats made a minor deal Tuesday, acquiring Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Matt Carroll. Warrick, a 6-foot-9 forward, averages 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in an eight-year career that includes time with Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Phoenix and New Orleans. He appeared in only one game this season with the Hornets. Carroll, a 6-6 guard, had two stints with the Bobcats, but he appeared in only one game this season and was not part of coach Mike Dunlap's plans. Dunlap said he liked Warrick's versatility at both forward positions. "He can score points quickly, and he does it with a high field-goal percentage, so he takes good shots," Dunlap said. ... The Wizards are one of two NBA teams without a win, along with 0-8 Detroit. ... Bobcats guard Ben Gordon did not play because of a family emergency. ... Charlotte guard Gerald Henderson missed his fourth consecutive game due to a sprained left foot.
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