Saturday , Dec , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets conclude road trip in Washington

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets wrap up a three-game road trip when
they visit the streaking Washington Wizards tonight at the Verizon Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
November 22nd, All-Star center Yao Ming finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds
and two blocks as the Rockets edged the Washington Wizards 86-82 at the Toyota
Center.

Houston has won two of three and four of its last six at Washington. The
Rockets have won three in a row and six of the last seven contests in this
series.

The Rockets are 1-1 on the swing. On Friday, Tracy McGrady ended with 23
points, five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals as Houston pounded
the Charlotte Bobcats, 92-62, allowing the lowest points total in franchise
history.

Yao Ming posted 21 points and six rebounds in the win over Charlotte for the
Rockets, who have won three of their last four games overall. Juwan Howard had
12 points and six rebounds, whiled Rafer Alston added 10 points in the
victory.

Houston is 5-5 on the road this season. The Rockets return home to host Kobe
Bryant and the Lakers on Wednesday at the Toyota Center.

Washington has won three in a row, and plays the opener of a three-game
homestand this evening. All-Star Gilbert Arenas dropped in a game-high 32
points to lead the Wizards past the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-98, on Friday at
the Wachovia Center.

Caron Butler added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Sixers for
the Wizards, who won their second straight on the road after starting the
season by losing a franchise-record eight straight away from home. DeShawn
Stevenson tallied 17 points in the victory.

The Wizards are 7-2 at home this season. They will host Carmelo Anthony and
the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday and Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Friday.

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