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Washington now 0-18 on the road

Charlotte’s Kwame Brown, taken No. 1 overall by Washing­ton in 2001, defends Rashard Lewis during a 104-89 win.

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Charlotte’s Kwame Brown, taken No. 1 overall by Washing­ton in 2001, defends Rashard Lewis during a 104-89 win.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Henderson had a career night as the Bobcats kept the Wizards winless on the road with a 104-89 win Saturday night.

Washington is 0-18 on the road, 11 shy of the record for road losses to start a season set by Dallas in 1992-93. That season, the Mavericks finished 4-37 on the road and 11-71 overall.

Henderson, the often forgotten shooting guard, had 19 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes — all career highs — and Charlotte pulled away early in the fourth to improve to 4-2 under interim coach Paul Silas.

Henderson, the 12th pick in 2009 from Duke, has been mostly an afterthought. He never cracked ex-coach Larry Brown's lineup and missed 14 games this season with a sore knee.

Starting because Gerald Wallace is out with a sore ankle, Henderson made 8 of 11 shots. Not bad for a guy who had scored 65 points all season coming in and reached 10 points twice.

D.J. Augustin, another player who struggled under Brown, continued to shine in Silas' more freewheeling style. He hit 6 of 11 shots to score 20 and added nine assists as the Bobcats avenged a 33-point loss in Washington last month in what was Brown's second-to-last game in charge.

The loss spoiled Washington point guard John Wall's first game in his home state since high school. The No. 1 pick in June's draft had 16 points and 11 assists while playing in front of dozens of family and friends.

Wall's steal and thunderous dunk ignited a 12-0 run that helped Washington briefly go ahead late in the third quarter.

But the Bobcats took control with Stephen Jackson hitting four free throws near the end of the third to make it 77-71 entering the fourth. Shaun Livingston then hit a jumper and twisting layup during an 11-0 run bridging the quarters to put Charlotte ahead 82-71.

Game highlights: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 24 on his 24th birthday to lead the visiting Bucks past the Nets 115-92. Milwaukee, which entered as the league's worst shooting team from the field at 41.3 percent, shot a season-best 58.3 percent in scoring a season high in points. … Josh Smith scored 14 of his 27 in the fourth and Joe Johnson scored 24 as the host Hawks beat the Pacers 108-93. Atlanta has won four straight and eight of 10. Indiana, which never led, has lost three in a row and six of seven.

Billups ignores trade speculation

DENVER — Chauncey Billups has grown so immune to the constantly swirling trade rumors involving Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony that he simply tunes out the chatter.

Even when his own name surfaces.

The Denver native and Nuggets point guard has been mentioned in the most recent trade rumors to pop up. ESPN.com reported the Nets are trying to get the Pistons involved in a deal to acquire Anthony, and Billups would be thrown into the mix.

The Nuggets declined to comment.

The proposed three-way trade would end up sending Anthony, Billups and Pistons guard Richard Hamilton to New Jersey with the Nuggets receiving rookie forward Derrick Favors (the third overall pick in June), guard Devin Harris and two first-round picks. But Detroit's interest in the deal is lukewarm at best, according to ESPN.com.

Billups brushed off the speculation after practice Saturday, saying he would concentrate only on what he can control — his play on the court.

"My grandma taught me that a long, long time ago," Billups said. "I can't control it; I control this (basketball) the best I can. I kind of worry about that. (Speculation) really has no bearing on what I do out here."

Billups' thoughts are focused on lifting the Nuggets out of their funk after they dropped consecutive road games to the Clippers and Kings, who have a combined 19 wins.

"Our defense just wasn't good enough; simple as that," Billups said.

"We didn't compete hard enough. We didn't take it as serious enough defensively."

Around the league: Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks' top scorer, missed his seventh consecutive game with a sprained right knee when he was inactive against the Magic. … Bucks center Andrew Bogut sat out against the Nets with a viral infection. He averages 13.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and a league-high 2.82 blocks. … Nets point guard Devin Harris sat with a bruised right quad. Harris, averaging 16.6 points and a team-high 6.8 assists, collided with the Wizards' Kirk Hinrich on Friday.

Bobcats 104, Wizards 89

WASHINGTON (89): Lewis 1-5 2-2 4, Blatche 4-13 2-2 10, McGee 3-4 2-2 8, Wall 8-19 0-1 16, Young 3-8 0-0 7, Seraphin 2-3 0-0 4, Hinrich 7-14 1-1 18, Thornton 4-9 5-7 13, Booker 2-3 0-0 4, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Yi 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 36-82 12-15 89.

CHARLOTTE (104): Jackson 6-16 7-8 21, Diaw 5-8 0-0 11, K.Brown 4-7 1-1 9, Augustin 6-11 5-5 20, Henderson 8-11 3-4 19, D.Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 2-13 2-2 6, Livingston 3-5 1-2 7, Carroll 2-2 0-0 4, Najera 1-1 0-0 2, McGuire 1-3 1-2 3, Collins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-79 20-24 104.

Washington 20 26 25 18— 89

Charlotte 26 23 28 27— 104

3-Point GoalsWashington 5-15 (Hinrich 3-4, Yi 1-1, Young 1-2, Martin 0-1, Lewis 0-2, Wall 0-5), Charlotte 6-12 (Augustin 3-5, Jackson 2-5, Diaw 1-1, Henderson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 40 (Blatche 8), Charlotte 53 (Jackson, Diaw 10). AssistsWashington 24 (Wall 11), Charlotte 23 (Augustin 9). Total FoulsWashington 24, Charlotte 16. TechnicalsBlatche, Washington defensive three second, Thomas. A16,038 (19,077).

Bucks 115, Nets 92

MILWAUKEE (115): Maggette 5-9 10-11 20, Mbah a Moute 2-2 1-2 5, Ilyasova 10-14 2-3 22, Dooling 4-7 0-0 9, Salmons 3-8 3-4 12, Brockman 0-0 0-0 0, Boykins 7-12 2-2 17, Douglas-Roberts 9-14 5-5 24, Sanders 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 42-72 25-29 115.

NEW JERSEY (92): Outlaw 1-7 1-2 3, Favors 6-10 0-2 12, Lopez 2-5 1-2 5, Farmar 7-14 3-6 20, Graham 0-5 0-0 0, Vujacic 4-9 3-3 11, Humphries 8-12 6-6 22, Ross 1-4 0-0 2, Uzoh 4-8 3-5 11, Petro 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 36-80 17-26 92.

Milwaukee 28 27 33 27— 115

New Jersey 15 30 20 27— 92

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 6-14 (Salmons 3-3, Dooling 1-3, Douglas-Roberts 1-3, Boykins 1-4, Maggette 0-1), New Jersey 3-6 (Farmar 3-5, Vujacic 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 44 (Ilyasova 13), New Jersey 43 (Humphries 8). AssistsMilwaukee 27 (Dooling 7), New Jersey 22 (Farmar 10). Total FoulsMilwaukee 22, New Jersey 24. TechnicalsSalmons, Milwaukee defensive three second 2. A12,898 (18,500).

Hawks 108, Pacers 93

INDIANA (93): Granger 6-12 2-4 16, Hansbrough 4-7 2-2 10, Hibbert 3-8 2-2 8, Collison 5-14 3-3 13, Dunleavy 2-5 2-2 6, Ford 0-2 2-2 2, Foster 3-5 0-0 6, Rush 2-8 3-4 8, George 5-10 0-0 10, Posey 2-6 0-0 5, S.Jones 1-1 4-4 6, Price 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 34-83 20-23 93.

ATLANTA (108): Johnson 10-19 1-1 24, Smith 9-18 8-10 27, Horford 6-14 2-2 14, Bibby 4-7 3-3 15, Evans 0-4 0-0 0, Ja.Crawford 6-15 5-5 20, Pachulia 1-1 2-4 4, Teague 0-1 0-0 0, Powell 0-3 0-0 0, Wilkins 0-1 4-4 4, Jo.Crawford 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-84 25-29 108.

Indiana 24 26 18 25— 93

Atlanta 29 26 29 24— 108

3-Point GoalsIndiana 5-17 (Granger 2-3, Price 1-3, Rush 1-3, Posey 1-4, Collison 0-1, George 0-3), Atlanta 11-22 (Bibby 4-6, Ja.Crawford 3-5, Johnson 3-5, Smith 1-2, Jo.Crawford 0-1, Evans 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 49 (Dunleavy, Hibbert 7), Atlanta 55 (Smith, Horford 10). AssistsIndiana 17 (Ford 6), Atlanta 27 (Smith, Johnson, Horford 6). Total FoulsIndiana 22, Atlanta 20. TechnicalsIndiana Coach O'Brien, Indiana defensive three second, Smith. A13,547 (18,729).

Washington now 0-18 on the road 01/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 8, 2011 10:47pm]
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