There are only three games remaining for the dismal Charlotte Bobcats in their quest to avoid finishing with the worst winning percentage in league history.
Charlotte will attempt to put the brakes on a franchise-record 20-game losing streak tonight against the Washington Wizards in the nation's capital and closed out a five-game homestand with Sunday's 114-88 setback to the Sacramento Kings.
Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens and Kemba Walker each scored 13 points for Charlotte, which hasn't won since topping Toronto March 17. The Bobcats are winless in 13 straight home games.
"It's been hard on these guys to keep going," Bobcats head coach Paul Silas said. "That's basically all we have."
The Bobcats' slide is the longest since Cleveland dropped an NBA-worst 26 in a row from Dec. 20, 2010-Feb. 9, 2011. Assured of having the worst record in the league, the Bobcats are in line to finish with a .106 winning percentage, which would be worse than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who finished 9-73 for a winning percentage of .110.
Charlotte is just 3-28 on the road and is riding a nine-game losing streak away from Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats' last road win was on March 12 against New Orleans. They will also visit Orlando before closing out the compressed season at home versus New York.
Washington has won three in a row and five of seven games, including Saturday's improbable 86-84 win at Miami.
Nene scored the last four Washington points off assists from John Wall, including the go-ahead layup with 0.5 seconds left, and finished with 11 points. Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin had 22 and 17 points, respectively, for the Wizards, who got 13 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals from Wall.
"We couldn't have done that any better," said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman. "It was a heck of a find by John and Nene to get it to go down."
The Wizards are 9-22 at home this season and have won the first three meetings with Charlotte. Washington hasn't swept the Bobcats since winning all four matchups in 2009-10.