Jefferson powers Hornets past Wizards
WASHINGTON — Al Jefferson scored 20 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 96-86 Friday night in a preseason game.
Kemba Walker added 16 points for the Hornets (3-2). Charlotte trailed 68-63 before pulling away with a 23-1 run.
John Wall scored 14 points for the Wizards (4-2) on 3-for-12 shooting. He had three assists and four turnovers.
Paul Pierce limped off the court after banging knees while attempting to set a pick late in the second quarter. The veteran forward went straight to the Wizards’ locker room, but emerged without issue, started the second half and finished with 11 points.
"He’s fine," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.
Lance Stephenson did not play for the Hornets because of a strained groin. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he anticipates the wing guard returning to practice on Saturday.