After one half in Charlotte, the Wizards trail the Bobcats, 52-39. The Bobcats went on a 12-2 run to end the half and push the lead to 13 points, their largest of the game. Washington, still searching for its first win of the season, went ice cold in the second quarter and was outscored 29-12. It was certainly one of the uglier stretches in this young season.
Washington took a quick seven-point lead at the start of the game, but that promptly faded as the Bobcats pushed the pace and evened things up in the first. Mike Dunlap is stressing an uptempo game and they were able to get out in transition and fill the lane against the Wizards. Charlotte was cold from behind the arc, but out-rebounded the Wizards by 10 and got plenty of easy buckets around the rim. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was five of eight from the floor and led all Charlotte scorers with 12 points. MKG is a fantastic transition player, and relentlessly goes after the ball. So far, he's outplaying his rookie counterpart, Bradley Beal.
Trevor Ariza matched Kidd-Gilchrist on the win, scoring 12 points. But Ariza needed 12 shots to get there. Trevor Booker is the only other player who has had much of an impact on the offensive end, chipping in eight points and grabbing three offensive boards. As a team, Washington is shooting a woeful 34 percent from the floor.