The Rockets' streak is their longest since March 1999 and the
best active streak in the league. It's also a franchise record for
consecutive wins before the All-Star break.
"We've just developed a great chemistry among us," said
Houston's Jon Barry. "We've having fun on the offensive end."
Houston never trailed after the first quarter and Washington
couldn't get closer than nine in the second half.
"Offensively it was terrific," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy
Houston shot 59.5 percent on 50-of-84 shooting for its largest
margin of victory this season and the second-highest point total.
The offensive output came a game removed from an 81-80 win over
Portland on Sunday where the Rockets shot just 31 percent and
squandered a 16-point lead.
"We didn't make them take bad shots," said Washington's Antawn
Jamison. "This is a team that's on a roll. You know they're going
to play tough defense and if they get it together offensively its
going to be a long night."
Washington has lost five straight on the road.
The Rockets also rebounded from a bad 3-point shooting
performance, hitting 12-of-24 after going 0-for-11 against the
Jamison had 23 points and Jarvis Hayes added 21 for the Wizards.
The Wizards were 35-of-84 for 41.7 percent shooting and were
just 27.3 percent on 3s.
The Rockets took a lead they would not relinquish on an 11-0
first-quarter run, erasing a 23-19 deficit to go up 30-23.
Consecutive 3s by Barry stretched the lead to 46-35 with 8:06
remaining in the first half. Houston led 62-49 at halftime.
"You have to give Houston a lot of respect," said Wizards
coach Eddie Jordan. "They took it to us. They kept pounding it to
Gilbert Arenas, who averaged 31 points in the last three games,
scored 11 on 3-of-14 shooting.
"Arenas didn't have exactly the same juice he's had," Van
Houston has 19 wins since Wesley joined the team on Dec. 29, the
most in the NBA over that stretch. He arrived six days after Barry
came to Houston from Atlanta.
"It's not a fluke," McGrady said. "The addition of Wesley and
Barry was great for us. It gave us more speed, more shooting on the
perimeter and more mental toughness."
Houston's Scott Padgett added 13 points and went 3-of-3 from
^Notes:@ Washington guard Juan Dixon left in the second quarter
with a sprained right ankle and did not return. "He's in pain,"
Jordan said. "It seems to be a significant sprain." ... Houston's
35 points in the first quarter tied a season high. ... Houston was
a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line late in the third
quarter, but ended 11-of-13.