CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stephen Jackson scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 and Gerald Henderson had a career-best night as the Charlotte Bobcats kept the Washington Wizards winless on the road with a 104-89 victory on Saturday night.
The often forgotten Henderson had 19 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes — all career highs — and Charlotte pulled away early in the fourth quarter to improve to 4-2 under interim coach Paul Silas.
It spoiled John Wall's first game in his home state since high school. The No. 1 pick in the draft had 16 points and 11 assists while playing in front of dozens of family and friends. Kirk Hinrich scored 18 points for the Wizards, who remained the NBA's lone winless team on the road at 0-18.
Henderson, the 12th pick in the 2009 draft from Duke, has been mostly an afterthought with Charlotte. He never cracked former coach Larry Brown's lineup and missed 14 games earlier this season with a sore knee.
Starting because Gerald Wallace was again sidelined with a sore ankle, Henderson combined solid shooting (8 of 11) with tough rebounding and his trademark good defense. Not bad for a guy who had scored 65 points all season coming in and had reached 10 points twice.
Augustin, another player who struggled under Brown, continued to shine in Silas' more freewheeling style. He hit 6 of 11 shots and added nine assists and the Bobcats avenged a 33-point loss in Washington last month in what was Brown's second to last in charge.
The young Wizards rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to briefly take the lead, but then wilted late in the third and early in the fourth despite Wall's solid outing.
Wall's mother, a number of cousins and a loud contingent from his high school all made the 3-hour trip from Raleigh to watch his first professional game in his home state. Wall never played in North Carolina in his lone college season at Kentucky.
"To be on the top level to be on, to have family and friends come out means a lot," Wall said before the game.
Wall's steal and thunderous dunk ignited a 12-0 run helped Washington tie it and then briefly go ahead late in the third quarter.
But the Bobcats took control with Jackson hitting four free throws near the end of the third to make it 77-71 entering the fourth. Shaun Livingston then hit a jumper and a twisting layup in an 11-0 run bridging the quarters to put Charlotte ahead 82-71 and secure its second straight win.
The Bobcats played without Wallace for the seventh time in nine games because of a left ankle injury and center Nazr Mohammed (knee) for the third straight game.
Jackson, back after a one-game absence with a hyperextended knee, hit just 6 of 16 shots from the field but missed only one of eight free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Boris Diaw added 11 points and 10 boards as Charlotte held a 43-34 edge on the glass.
The Wizards struggled to get newly acquired Rashard Lewis involved. He managed only four points on 1-of-5 shooting in 28 minutes, but did have seven rebounds.
Notes: Wallace could be out up to a week while Mohammed could return sooner. ... Wall, who had his 10th double-double, said the grind of the NBA has been more difficult because of the injuries that have sidelined him for 12 games. "I feel like if it wasn't for the injuries it would be more exciting, more fun," Wall said. "I'm still enjoying every moment at the NBA level." ... Bobcats F Tyrus Thomas picked up his sixth technical foul of the season and his second in two games after complaining about a foul call in the second quarter. ... Wizards F Andray Blatche picked up a technical early in the fourth.
(This version CORRECTS Bobcats 104, Wizards 89. Corrects to 4-2 under Silas.)