NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 13th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (26-23) at New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (27-23), 8 PM
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards try for their sixth straight win this evening when they kick off a brief two-game road trip against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center.
On Sunday, Gilbert Arenas dropped 27 points and dished out four assists to lead Washington to an easy 107-97 win over Philadelphia at the MCI Center.
The All-Star was a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe for the Wizards, who extended their longest winning streak of the season and won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
The five-game run is Washington's longest winning streak since a seven-game tear from January 2-15, 2005.
Caron Butler was also outstanding for Washington, netting 21 points, pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out four assists. Antawn Jamison added 18 points and six boards while Antonio Daniels had 17 points in the win.
The Wizards, who will conclude the short trip in Dallas on Wednesday, are 8-14 away from home this season.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City comes in on a winning note, as Speedy Claxton filled in for injured rookie guard Chris Paul admirably by scoring 28 points and dishing out seven assists to lead the Hornets past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-94, on Saturday at the Target Center.
Paul missed his second consecutive game with a rib injury as the Hornets won for the third straight time. Paul could return tonight.
Kirk Snyder netted 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, as the Hornets shot 46.2 percent for the game.
The Hornets, who will close a two-game homestand versus Portland on Wednesday, are 10-15 away from home this season.
Washington topped New Orleans/Oklahoma City earlier in the year, but could be at a disadvantage tonight, as the road team in this series has lost 12 of 13 and 14 of the last 16 meetings. The Wizards have also lost eight in a row and 10 of their last 11 as the road team in this series.
02/13 10:55:18 ET