Wednesday , Nov , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards start homestand versus Portland

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards open a three-game homestand tonight,
as they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to the MCI Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Blazers
are scheduled to host the Wizards on December 18th at the Rose Garden.

Washington will try and get back on the winning track. On Saturday, Gerald
Wallace compiled 26 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots to spark the
Charlotte Bobcats to a 100-82 home victory over the Wizards.

Antawn Jamison paced the struggling Wizards, who have lost of six of their
last seven games overall, with 20 points and 14 rebounds against Charlotte.
Brendan Haywood chipped in 16 points and 11 boards, but Washington’s leading
scorer Gilbert Arenas was held to just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the

The Wizards are 3-2 at home this season. They will also host Milwaukee and
Toronto on the current stand.

Portland wraps up a seven-game road trip. The Trail Blazers are 2-4 on the

On Tuesday, Allen Iverson poured in 38 points and grabbed eight rebounds to
help Philadelphia head coach Maurice Cheeks beat his former team, as the
Philadelphia 76ers routed the Trail Blazers, 107-83, at the Wachovia Center.

Zach Randolph finished with 24 points in the loss to Philadelphia for
Portland, while Darius Miles had 13 for the Trail Blazers, who have lost five
of their last seven contests overall.

The Blazers are 2-6 on the road this season. They return to the Rose Garden on
Friday to host Jermaine O’Neal and the Indiana Pacers.

The road team has won five of the last six meetings in this series. Portland
has won nine of its last 12 at Washington.