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Sessions scores 21 as Bobcats beat Wizards 92-76

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap talked
throughout the offseason about changing the culture in the
organization and building a winning atmosphere in Charlotte.

Apparently his players were listening.

Reserve Ramon Sessions scored 21 points and the Bobcats beat the
winless Washington Wizards 92-76 Tuesday night to win
back-to-back games for the first time since last December and
even their record at 3-3.

"Any time in this league when you can get any type of win streak
it is good," Sessions said. "Definitely for a young team like us
trying to build things, I think that's a big plus. You know it's
one of those games where you sit in the locker room (before the
game) and you say, `Hey, we should go out there and get this
one," and that's what good teams do. That just shows you the
progress that we're making."

Said Dunlap: "That is just the NBA game. Players gain confidence
with victories."

With Ben Gordon a late scratch due to a family emergency,
Sessions picked up the slack and provided a much-needed boost
off the bench for the Bobcats.

Coming off a career-high 25 points against Dallas on Saturday
night, rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was strong again, chipping
in with 15 points and eight rebounds before leaving in the
fourth quarter to ice down a sore back. He said afterward he got
hit in the back, but added "I'm fine."

Kemba Walker battled inconsistent shooting and finished with 17
points for the Bobcats.

It marked the first time the Bobcats have won two straight since
taking the final game of the 2010-11 season and the first of
last season.

The victory was especially sweet for Walker, who went through an
entire rookie season without winning back-to-back games.

"You know, to get this win was huge and it gives us momentum,
gives us confidence going into that game tomorrow against a good
Minnesota team," Walker said.

Trevor Ariza scored 19 points for the Wizards, who fell to 0-6.
He was the only Washington player to finish in double digits in

The Bobcats (3-3) limited the Wizards to 29.8-percent shooting
and outscored them 46-24 in the paint.

Most of those came on drives to the hole by Walker,
Kidd-Gilchrist and Sessions, who were a combined 15 of 18 from
foul line.

"Coach Dunlap emphasized getting to the rim and getting foul
shots," Sessions said. "You know we try to do that. At times it
may not look like it but that's our game, getting to the rim and
shooting threes."

Wizards coach Randy Wittman said his team lacked aggressiveness
on defense, particularly in the paint, but attributed that to
the team's apathetic play on the offensive end of the floor.

"When you stand around and watch a guy dribble and dribble and
dribble and take a bad shot, it takes away that affect (on
defense)," Wittman said.

Rookie Bradley Beal said he felt like the Wizards "gave up" down
the stretch.

"We can't lose focus and today we weren't focused," said Beal,
who was 1 of 11 shooting from the floor. "We came in
lackadaisical, like we were 5-0 instead of 0-5. We didn't come
in with the edge that we usually do."

Washington, still playing without John Wall and Nene, could
never get closer than seven points in the second half after
trailing by 13 at halftime. The Wizards connected on just 5 of
31 3-point attempts and had no flow whatsoever on offense.

The Bobcats took a 52-39 lead into halftime after outscoring the
Wizards 30-12 in the paint.

Kidd-Gilchrist picked up where he left off Saturday night,
driving aggressively to the hole in the early going. The No. 2
pick in the draft had 12 points at halftime on 5-of-8 shooting
to go with five rebounds. Sessions had 11 points at the break.

Charlotte's aggressive defense gave the Wizards fits. Washington
turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 19 Bobcats points.

Brendan Haywood had a solid eight points and 11 rebounds, while
reserve Tyrus Thomas chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds
for the Bobcats.

Charlotte won just seven games last season and finished with the
worst winning percentage (.106) in league history. But this
year's team is playing with hustle and heart and seems to have
gained more confidence after beating Dallas on Saturday night to
snap a 16-game losing streak against the Mavericks.

NOTES: It took the Bobcats 13 games last season to win three
games. Once they won their third game in 2011-12 they went on to
lose 16 straight. ... Washington's starters were 15 of 43
shooting from the field.

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