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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
2nd
TOR 54
NYK 43
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
2nd
LIP 50
PEAY 43
 
2nd
DEN 33
BRY 33
 
2nd
MONT 52
SD 44
 
2nd
MTST 44
TENST 32
 
2nd
SAMF 37
LAMON 30
 
Half
SCAR 35
COKR 23
 
1st
HAMP 20
NARZ 18
 
1st
SDU 26
SDCHR 8
 
1st
BC 26
USC 24
 
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
 
4th
HOU 25
BAL 13
 
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
 
4th
MIA 35
MIN 35
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
1st
STL 3
NYG 10
 
1st
OAK 0
BUF 0
 
1st
DAL 0
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA