- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Last night at MCI Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

In each of his first four seasons, Wizards center Brendan Haywood has increased his scoring and rebounding numbers, reaching career highs in both (9.4 and 6.8, respectively) last season.

But Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, who touted Haywood as a potential All-Star at the start of the season, is concerned about Haywood’s play, which has fallen off recently.

Haywood has seen his playing time cut, and he came into the game averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.

“I thought Brendan played better in November; he’s dropping off a little bit,” said Jordan, who has increased Etan Thomas’ minutes in recent games. “We need Brendan to come back and play at a high level for us. I just don’t have an answer why there is some slippage there.”

Through the first nine games of the season, Haywood averaged 10.1, but he hasn’t averaged in double figures since then. He is leading the Wizards — and for a stretch he led the league — in field goal percentage at .566.

BY THE NUMBERS

55.1 Percent from the field for the Rockets, a season high. Houston hit 43 of its 78 shots, including nine of its 17 3-pointers.

KEY TO THE GAME

The Rockets entered the game averaging an NBA-low 87.6 points a game but topped that by almost 36 points to end a five-game losing streak.

John N. Mitchell

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