Wizards Vs. Rockets: Wizards Blow Double-Digit Lead, Remain Winless On Road In 100-93 Loss To Rockets

The Wizards held a double-digit lead with less than 10 minutes left, but could not keep it in a disheartening loss to Houston.

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Wizards Vs. Rockets: Wizards Blow Double-Digit Lead, Remain Winless On Road In 100-93 Loss To Rockets

It looked like the Wizards were less than ten minutes from their first road win of the season. But as far as the Houston Rockets were concerned, they were not going to be the team to give it up.

Washington blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and ultimately lost 100-93 to remain winless away from Verizon Center.

Five Wizards scored in double figures, led by Kirk Hinrich's 19 points. Nick Young had 18 points, John Wall had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds, Rashard Lewis had 12 points and nine rebounds and Josh Howard added 12 points of his own.

For Houston, Kevin Martin led all scorers with 20 points. Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier had 15 points each, Luis Scola had 14 points and Jordan Hill had 13 points.

The Wizards led by one at halftime and held a 82-72 lead.early in the fourth quarter, but the Rockets would outscore them 28-11 the rest of the way to earn the victory. The Rockets hit six three-pointers with three of them coming in the final quarter to close the gap.

Washington will return home to Verizon Center Wednesday looking for their eighth win against the Indiana Pacers.

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Wizards Vs. Rockets: Wizards Claim One-Point Lead At Halftime

The Wizards and Rockets traded baskets through most of the second quarter, but it was Washington who got the edge at the end as they lead 48-47 at halftime.

Kirk Hinrich and Kevin Martin lead their respective teams with 14 points. For the Wizards, Nick Young and Rashard Lewis each have seven points, while John Wall has five. Jordan Hill has 11 points for the Rockets.

Washington used a 10-2 run to take a 37-32 lead early in the quarter, but Houston tied it up shortly after. The two teams traded baskets for most of the quarter.

The Wizards actually survived two separate buzzer beaters right before halftime. The first desperation three was waved off by the referees as the Wizards fouled before the shot. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Rockets made the shot as time expired, but the ball didn't leave Martin's hands in time.

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Wizards Vs. Rockets: Houston Takes Early Lead, But Wiz Hanging In Game, Down 28-27 After First Quarter

In what seems almost normal now, the Washington Wizards found themselves down early, but clawed back. Like clockwork, the Wizards found themselves down early to the Houston Rockets, but are only down by one as the Rockets lead 28-27 after the first quarter.

Kirk Hinrich leads the Wizards with eight points. Nick Young added five, while John Wall has two in limited action. Rashard Lewis has four points and four rebounds. Flip Saunders had to throw together another makeshift lineup with the return of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee from suspension.

Kevin Martin leads all scorers with 10 points. The Rockets are shooting 55% from the field compared to the Wizards' 46%.

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Wizards Vs. Rockets: Wiz Hope To Give Houston Problems, Finally End Winless Road Streak

Since the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets last met November 10, the two teams have gone in different directions. The Rockets have counteracted a rough start to win 13 games and now sit just one win shy of .500. Meanwhile, the Wizards have won five games since November 10 and still have not won a game on the road. Washington hopes to finally stop that broken record Monday in Houston.

The Wizards fell to the San Antonio Spurs 94-80 Sunday without the services of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, who were suspended after an altercation outside of a club Friday. John Wall returned and scored four points in just 19 minutes. Rashard Lewis led Washington with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The Rockets have won 14 of 24 and will look to reach .500 for the first time this season. Kevin Martin leads Houston with 23.6 points per game.

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