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Hornets tap into defense to beat Wizards, break three-game skid
Charlotte limits Washington, win 98-93
 
Published Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:21 pm
by Herbert L. White

Every game is do-or-die for the Hornets.

Charlotte held off Washington 98-93 Saturday at Spectrum Center to stop a three-game losing streak and improve to 30-39. The Hornets are four games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 13 games in the regular season, but they’ve got to start somewhere.

“I think everyone knows how bad we needed this one, man,” forward Marvin Williams said. “We’re in a tight, tight spot right now. We don’t have very much room for error.”
Charlotte got the job done on defense holding Washington (42-27) to 36.7 percent shooting and forcing 13 turnovers compared to the Hornets’ 42.7 percent shooting and eight miscues.

“We were tough,” guard Kemba Walker said. “We made some great plays defensively. We were able to finish it out with the rebounds. It was just a great effort. Both teams struggled to shoot the basketball all night but we came out with the win and we really needed that win.”

Coach Steve Clifford agreed.

“It was a good win and it was good to play good in the fourth quarter,” he said.  “We’ll practice tomorrow and hopefully get better and can play good on Monday.”

Before Charlotte can catch up to eight-place Miami, the Hornets have to make up two games on Chicago and three on Detroit, a daunting task considering Charlotte hasn’t won three straight games in 2017.

”We’re chasing some really good teams for the last couple playoff spots,” Williams said. “We still believe we can do it so we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”

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