Wizards: F Caron Butler (strained left hip flexor) missed his ninth straight game. C Etan Thomas (heart surgery) and G Gilbert Arenas (left knee) are out. Hornets: No injuries.
BY THE NUMBERS
Consecutive road losses to the Hornets by the Wizards, before last night. The most recent road win had been on Nov. 1, 2000, when the team was in Charlotte.
Wizards' record in the second game of a back-to-back set this season. The Wizards play at Houston tonight.
"At some point you get tired of losing all these close games. We've been in a lot of close games and we haven't pulled them out, but at the same time, when you lose like that, you get a little bit better. You get a little bit wiser."
Wizards C Brendan Haywood