Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets, Wizards meet at the Ford Center

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards open a short two-game homestand
when they visit the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Washington is
scheduled to host the Hornets on March 17th at the Verizon Center.

Washington has lost nine straight at the Hornets. These teams have split the
last six contests in this series.

The Wizards will try and win back-to-back-games this evening. Caron Butler
finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Washington defeated
the Chicago Bulls, 113-103, at the Verizon Center.

All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas shot just 5-of-16 from the floor for 20 points
in the win over the Bulls for Washington, while Antawn Jamison had 18 points
and nine boards for the Wizards, who have won three of four and eight of their
last 10 games overall.

Antonio Daniels contributed 15 points off the bench and DeShawn Stevenson
netted 13 for Washington, which has won seven straight at home.

Washington is 6-11 on the road this season. The Wizards will visit the San
Antonio Spurs on Saturday at the AT&T Center.

The Hornets also try and win consecutive games. Jannero Pargo came off the
bench to notch 24 points and seven assists, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City
downed the Atlanta Hawks, 96-77, on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

Rasual Butler netted 21 in the win over Atlanta for the Hornets, who stopped a
five-game losing streak. Devin Brown poured in 16 points and Tyson Chandler
ended with 14 points and nine rebounds in the victory.

Guard Bobby Jackson (cracked ribs) is questionable for tonight’s contest. He
has missed 19 games this season for the Hornets. Jackson is averaging 10.6
points per game.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City continues to play without star guard Chris Paul
(sprained right ankle) and forwards Peja Stojakovic (lower back) and David
West (right forearm/elbow). Paul, who was injured on December 26th, leads the
team in scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists (9.0 apg). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8
points per game and last played on November 24th, while West (right
forearm/elbow) is averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, and has not played
since November 12th.

The Hornets are 7-10 as the host this season. They will visit the Milwaukee
Bucks on Saturday at the Bradley Center.