NBA Results: Charlotte Hornets Beat Washington Wizards, Paul Pierce Tweaks Knee

The Washington Wizards played their best basketball in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets tonight, gaining a 16 point advantage early on, but unfortunately for Randy Wittman, his team was unable to keep up the stellar play in the final two periods of the game. Led by Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson, the Charlotte Hornets chipped away at Washington’s lead, eventually taking advantage of the Wizards’ lack of offense in the third quarter. They gained a double digit lead of their own and got their second win over the Wizards in preseason, 96-86.

John Wall led the Wizards with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, but he still struggled shooting the ball. Wall made just 3 of his 12 shot attempts, but for the most part, all of the shots he took were in rhythm.

Paul Pierce scored 11 points on 4-7 shooting in just 22 minutes of action, but he tweaked his knee in the second quarter after colliding with his defender. Pierce went to the locker room, but started in the second half. He eventually went back to the locker room, and it appears everything is OK.

Nene also contributed with 10 points and 3 blocks, including a thunderous dunk off a Marcin Gortat pass.

Washington’s bench looked good in the first half, and much like the starters, their production faltered in the third and fourth quarters.

Rasual Butler played over Xavier Silas today, but scored just 9 points on 10 shot attempts. Otto Porter looked good early on, and finished the game with 8 points and 3 steals.

Even though the Washington Wizards lost tonight, I think we can take some positives away from the game. Paul Pierce played well and more importantly, they survived another injury scare.

The Washington Wizards will meet Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Verizon Center on Monday.