WASHINGTON -- Back in November, Charlotte opened the season with a 7-5 record that included two wins over the Washington Wizards. The way losses have piled up for the Bobcats since then, November must feel like years ago.
Washington certainly remembered Saturday night and paid back its Southeast Division opponent.
Trevor Ariza scored 17 of his season-high 26 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds as the Wizards defeated the Bobcats 104-87, handing Charlotte its 10th straight loss.
The Wizards (20-41) never trailed, led by 17 points at halftime and by 22 in the second half as they matched their win total from last season.
Martell Webster scored 20 points and Nene 19 as Washington shot 55.6 percent (10 of 18) from beyond the 3-point arc.
One night earlier, Washington fell behind the Brooklyn Nets by 24 points in the first quarter and never recovered from an early 3-point barrage from Deron Williams. Against the Bobcats, the Wizards took control with a 22-5 run in the second quarter.
"We turned the page. It was a hard loss last night," Nene said, referring to Brooklyn, though the sentiment also applied to the previous loss to Charlotte.
"Tonight, we came hard in the beginning of the game. We knew this team always plays hard like us and they beat us two times on the season so we needed to step up."
Kemba Walker scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half and Gerald Henderson had 17 for the Bobcats (13-50), who have lost 10 straight games by an average of 21.5 points.
Charlotte won its two previous meetings against the Wizards, both in November. Since a 108-106 double-overtime win at Washington on Nov. 24, the Bobcats have lost 45 of 51 games. Their last win came Feb. 19 at Orlando, the Bobcats' first game after the All-Star break.
Trailing by 21 points with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Bobcats threatened to come back with a 19-7 run, briefly cutting the deficit into single digits. Washington regrouped and, spurred by three 3-pointers from Ariza, jumped back ahead by 21 points.
"That just showed we didn't have any quit in us," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. "The second quarter against OKC got us, the second quarter against Washington got us."
Webster made his first four 3-point attempts in the first half before the announced crowd of 16,357.
Ariza knocked down four of his five 3-pointers after halftime. After starting the past two games for injured Bradley Beal, Ariza returned to the bench. Perhaps the change in role helped him forget the previous night's debacle.
"Last night? I don't even remember last night, to be honest with you," Ariza said.
It will take another eight losses for the Bobcats to match the franchise's longest skid of the season. Considering the results since Thanksgiving weekend, it's not a stretch to believe the Bobcats could equal the unwanted feat.
"It's like herding cats sometimes, but there's an overview of what you're trying to do, and when you're not eligible for the playoffs, then it's about development, it's about a system, it's about, as the Wizards would say, having the attitude that you have something at stake," Dunlap said. "These guys are pros, and they understand that. You can't fake it."
Emeka Okafor grabbed 10 rebounds as Washington won the battle of the boards 45-32.
John Wall had 13 points and made his second 3-pointer of the season.
"It was good to just get a win period, losing the last two games," Wall said. "We wanted to come out and not let this game slip away. I think we did a great job of closing it out. We kind of let them back in, but we had a decent enough lead."
NOTES: Wall is 2 of 18 on 3-point attempts this season. ... Beal missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. Beal leads Washington in scoring at 14.2 points per game. .... Josh McRoberts made his first start of the season for the Bobcats and scored four points. ... Garrett Temple started over Ariza. ... Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions sat out a second straight game with a left MCL sprain. ... Walker is one of five NBA players who leads his team in scoring, assists and steals. ... Charlotte returns home to host the Celtics on Tuesday. The Wizards play at Cleveland on Tuesday.