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Wizards crash Francis' bash; Ex-Terp entertains family, friends at MCI, but Rockets fall, 103-92

WASHINGTON -- There was a little more interest in yesterday's game between the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets than two 9-18 teams usually generate. Call it the ex-Terp factor.

Some of Maryland's most celebrated recent basketball stars turned MCI Center into a reunion arena. An announced crowd of 14,191 showed up to watch the home team win, 103-92, and Steve Francis continue to dazzle.

Francis didn't disappoint more than 200 family members and friends for whom he bought tickets, as well as his fans and even former coach Gary Williams, but the rookie point guard was left a bit dismayed by another loss.

"I was happy to see everybody when I came out on the...