HOUSTON, Dec. 22 (Ticker) -- Maybe the Houston Rockets should have voted against expansion.

The Rockets lost to the Charlotte Bobcats for the second time in five days, suffering a 90-87 setback to the expansion team, which won its first road game.

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"We don't have a routine for when we win on the road," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We talked about gorillas and that's what this was becoming, a win on the road. We beat a good basketball team on the road.

The Bobcats, who lost their first 10 road games, knocked off the Rockets 101-100 in overtime in Charlotte on Saturday and became the first expansion team to sweep Houston. Fourteen previous teams had failed.

"We told our players we'd have to make sure we stayed in the game early," Bickerstaff said. "(The Rockets) are vindictive, in a good way. They wanted to send a message to us."

"It's not embarrassing to lose to anybody," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I don't care who you play in the NBA. The disappointing part is showing very little care for the result, by how we played."

Charlotte rookie forward Emeka Okafor wouldn't let it happen. Returning to play in his hometown, Okafor put together his 14th consecutive double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

"It's probably impossible, because of the environment, to come back to this situation and stay focused," Bickerstaff said. "The cameras come, the newspapers, you've got to be awful strong to eradicate yourself from that environment."

Okafor acted as if it was no distraction at all.

"I just put it in the back of my mind," Okafor said. "It's different, because it's the first time back. But I wasn't going to let my emotions get the better of me. It feels good."

Jason Kapono gave the Bobcats a lift with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting off the bench.

Kapono put Charlotte ahead to stay with a jumper from the right wing with 2:14 left in the third quarter for a 61-59 lead and followed that with a 3-pointer from the right wing.

"It's good for a young team to get past that hump," Kapono said. "We've been real patient. We've had about five opportunities to win games (on the road). It's a quality win."

Primoz Brezec scored 14 points, including two key baskets in the final minute. Jason Hart came off the bench to add 14 points and give the Bobcats a boost.

Brezec hit a 15-foot jumper from the left side with 34 seconds to go to stretch Charlotte's lead to 87-82. The Rockets left Brezec alone for a layup on a long pass from Brevin Knight with seven seconds left that put away the game.

"He shot it with conviction," Bickerstaff said. "The quickest way to take a seat (on the bench) is to not take open shots."

Brezec also turned in a good defensive effort on Yao Ming, who scored 20 points, half his total in Monday's win over Toronto. Yao also grabbed 14 rebounds and committed 10 turnovers to complete an awkward triple-double.

Tracy McGrady led Houston with 25 points but shot only 6-of-17 and missed 6-of-17 free throws.

"We keep making the same mistakes," Yao said. "We have to learn from these games. It's just not good."

Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace left with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter with an injury to his right wrist. X-rays were negative.