Tuesday , Nov , 25 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards try to work magic in Portland

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The struggling Washington Wizards continue
with the third test of a four-game road trip tonight as they enter the Rose
Garden to battle Rasheed Wallace and the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Wizards have dropped two straight and six of their last eight contests,
including an 88-85 setback in Seattle on Sunday night.

The Wizards were led by Juan Dixon and Kwame Brown, who scored 17 apiece in
defeat. Dixon posted 13 points in the fourth quarter for Washington, which
posted just 12 points in each of the first two quarters for a franchise-low 24
first-half points

Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas, who finished with 15 points, was diagnosed
with a lower abdominal strain after the game. He is doubtful for tonight’s
contest.

The Trail Blazers are coming off Sunday’s 78-72 loss to Golden State in
Oakland.

Zach Randolph netted 17 points and hauled in eight rebounds for the Blazers,
who had a two-game win streak snapped and lost for the third time in five
games.

Portland’s Bonzi Wells returned to the court after serving a two-game
suspension and scored 13 points in 15 minutes. Wells was suspended for conduct
detrimental to the team. In addition, the club took away his title as co-
captain. The penalties stem from Wells’ actions during the third quarter of
Monday’s 105-98 loss at Dallas.

The Blazers are an impressive 7-1 at home this season, while the Wizards are
just 2-5 as the visitors.

Portland has dominated the series in recent history, winning nine of the last
11 meetings.

The teams split the season two-game series last year with each team winning a
game on the road. The Wizards’ 95-91 in Portland on March 25, 2003 ended an
eight-game series’ losing streak for Washington.

The Wizards, who are 1-3 versus Western Conference teams this season, end
their road swing on Wednesday night versus the LA Lakers.

POR WAS