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Wednesday, March 12th (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (30-34) at Washington Wizards (33-30), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - It's something of a surprise that Wednesday's matchup between the visiting Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards features two seemingly playoff-bound teams.

The two squads have made one combined postseason appearance in the last five seasons, but both are on track for the playoffs this time around.

The Wizards are in the fifth slot, two games behind the Chicago Bulls for fourth and 5 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks, who currently own the eighth spot.

The Bobcats are seventh, two games ahead of Atlanta.

Washington saw its two-game winning streak snapped on Monday night with a road loss to the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, 99-90.

Bradley Beal paced the Wizards with 18 points, Martell Webster scored 17 and Marcin Gortat tallied 14 points and 18 boards for Washington, which had won eight of the last nine games coming into the tilt.

Washington led 84-83 following Drew Gooden's layup just past the midpoint of the fourth, but Dwyane Wade answered with a three-point play to spark a decisive 12-0 run from the Heat.

"We were kind of too lackadaisical with the ball," acknowledged Beal. "(We) had a lot of unsure decisions, we should have been a little bit more aggressive."

Monday was a particularly tough night for All-Star John Wall. He finished with seven points on 2-for-8 shooting and committed seven of Washington's 19 turnovers.

The Bobcats have won three of four since a brutal three-game losing streak, all road tilts with Miami, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

Charlotte's most recent outing was a 105-98 home victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Al Jefferson scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help the Bobcats to their seventh consecutive home victory, which is the second-longest in franchise history.

Kemba Walker added 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Gary Neal finished with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Bobcats.

"It was an important win. They're hard to guard, but we hung in there. We fought hard. It wasn't our best game. We made a lot of mistakes in the fourth quarter, but it's a good win and an important win for our team," said Bobcats coach Steve Clifford.

The Wizards won this season's only matchup with the Bobcats, which came in Charlotte on Jan. 7. The Wizards are 4-1 in their last five against the Bobcats in Washington.

03/12 10:20:30 ET

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Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 30
ARZ 59
 
3rd
CLEM 6
SYR 6
 
4th
LAMON 18
TXST 7
 
4th
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 10
 
3rd
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
Half
TENN 10
ALA 27
 
3rd
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
3rd
TOR 0
BOS 4
 
3rd
NYI 5
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 3
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
3rd
MON 3
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 6
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14