"I think the assist numbers were impressive. It just shows we
were able to move the ball around tonight and were able to get guys
open," Francis said.
Etan Thomas had 13 points to lead the Wizards, who lost for the
ninth time in 10 trips to Houston. Washington hasn't won in Houston
since Dec. 6, 2001.
"It's not the end of the world," coach Eddie Jordan said.
"Our bench played well and our starters didn't. We didn't get any
leadership from our veterans. It was a very poor performance from
Houston reeled off 12 straight points late in the first quarter
with the help of four consecutive turnovers by Washington. It was
part of a 16-2 run over the final 3:47 of the period that netted a
30-18 lead. Cato had 10 that quarter.
Houston went on a 10-2 run early in the second quarter. Yao had
10 in the period as the lead reached 57-34 after a 10-0 run.
Jackson's 14 points topped the Rockets as they led 57-37 at the
Houston's lead got as big as 31 points in the third quarter. All
five starters had already reached double figures in points and
Houston led 84-53 after three.
The lead reached 34 in the fourth quarter with Rockets' starters
sitting out most of the period.
The Rockets are 7-0 when scoring 100 or more points this
season. ... Yao is averaging 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds in wins
and 13.8 and 7.9 in losses. ... The Rockets are 6-0 when Yao blocks
four shots in a game this season. ...Houston is 9-1 in their first
game after the All-Star break dating to the 1992-93 season. ... The
Wizards 5-21 road record, including 1-7 against the Western
Conference, is the worst in the league.