CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Gerald Henderson scored 27 points in a leading role to guide the Charlotte Hornets to a 94-87 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.
The win was Charlotte’s second over Washington the week, following the 92-88 victory on the road on Monday night.
Henderson, who is averaging 11.8 points per game and shooting 44.3 percent from the floor, was 10-of-15 from the field on his way to collecting his second highest score of the season on Thursday night.
Brian Roberts scored 12 points, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jason Maxiell and Lance Stephenson all finished with 11 points for the Hornets (22-27).
Maxiell also finished with eight rebounds and seven blocks in the win, with Al Jefferson finishing with 10 boards, three blocks and eight points for Charlotte, which won three in a row and four of the last five games.
Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 19 points, with John Wall adding 15 points and 13 assists in the defeat.
Nene Hilario and Rasual Butler each scored 11 points for Washington (31-20), which dropped its fifth game in a row.
The Wizards played most of the game without guard Bradley Beal, who was forced to leave the contest in the first half with an injury to his right big toe. He played just 11 minutes.
Washington led 54-49 at halftime, but were held to just 13 points on 5-of-19 shooting in the fourth quarter.
The current losing streak is the highest at the moment and is one more than the Denver Nuggets, who are on four.
Charlotte Hornets pulled down an impressive 50 rebounds — 38 on the defensive side — while grabbing 15 block shots at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The defeat on Thursday saw the Wizards falling 10 ½ games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte is seventh — 18 ½ games back of the front-runner, but will be more worried about those behind them — including the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets.
Next up for the Hornets is a trip to the Wells Fargo Center to take on a struggling Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Washington’s next game is also on Saturday, and it will be against fellow Eastern Conference rivals Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center.