The Van Gundy brothers meet in Miami
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Van Gundy brothers meet up for the second
time in their NBA head coaching careers tonight when Stan’s Miami Heat welcome
Jeff’s Houston Rockets to AmericanAirlines Arena.
Jeff got the best of his older brother back on November 11 when the Rockets
posted a 90-70 win.
Houston comes into the contest rolling after Yao Ming shot 15-of-23 from the
field, scored a career-high 37 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, to lead
the Rockets to a 99-87 road win over Orlando on Sunday.
Yao, whose previous career-high was 30 points, also set career marks in
field goals made and attempted. He also blocked two shots in the win.
Maurice Taylor came off the bench to score 20 points, including 10 in the
fourth quarter, as the Rockets won their third straight contest and 10th of
their last 13 overall.
Yao and Taylor and were part of Houston’s dominance in the middle, as
Houston owned a 44-22 edge in points in the paint. Cuttino Mobley chipped in
12 points, while Jim Jackson netted 11 for the Rockets, who evened their
road record to 12-12 this season.
Houston has won five of its last six games on the road and is 12-12 away
from home this season.
Miami also comes into tonight’s tilt riding a winning streak. On Saturday,
Eddie Jones scored 26 points while dishing out six assists to help the Heat
to an 85-77 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Jones was 5-of-7 on three-point shots while Lamar Odom chipped in with 19
points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who have back-to-back wins for the
first time in almost a month. Caron Butler added 17 for Miami, who won its
second straight, but walked away with a victory for just the third time in
its last nine games.
Miami used a 10-1 rally in the last 3:04 to clinch the victory. After Kurt
Thomas’ layup gave the Knicks a 76-75 lead with just under four minutes
left, Jones hit a jumper to put the Heat up 77-76.
Odom responded with a basket to put Miami ahead 79-76 with 2:25 left. After
both teams turned it over, Stephon Marbury and Anfernee Hardaway both failed
in their attempts to tie it with shots from long range.
Keith Van Horn’s free throw with just over a minute left got the Knicks back
to 81-77, but Brian Grant hit a jumper from the corner with 40 seconds left,
essentially closing the door on any chances for a New York comeback.
Miami has won eight of its last 11 games at home and is 12-7 in its gym this
Houston has won two of the last three meetings in this series and has won
two of its last three in South Florida. The Rockets have also dropped six of
their last eight in Miami.