Thursday , Feb , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Washington Wizards Team Report – February 19

=== Washington Wizards Team Report – February 19 ===

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards continued to struggle on Wednesday
and found themselves on the wrong end of a 120-98 decision against the New
Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena.

Juan Dixon led the Wizards with 16 points and Kwame Brown chipped in 12 for
Washington, which has dropped three in a row.

The game was broken wide open in the third, as the Hornets began the third
quarter by shooting 12-for-16. They scored on 11 straight possessions during a
21-4 run and took a commanding 81-61 lead.

New Orleans eventually carried a 91-69 cushion into the final quarter. Both
clubs then netted 29 points in the fourth quarter, but the Hornets were ahead
by a comfortable margin and collected the 22-point victory.

The Wizards, who fell to 3-8 on Wednesdays this season, have dropped 14 of
their last 15 games on the road and are 5-22 away from home this season.

Washington, which has lost four of its last six at home, returns to action on
Friday when they host the Indiana Pacers. It is just 4-10 in games played on
Fridays this season.

The Wizards have split their two meetings with the Pacers this season and have
won three of the last four meetings.Washington, though, has been a generous
host to the Pacers and have dropped seven of its last 12 at home to Indiana.