Monday , Mar , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Streaking Rockets host Phoenix

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets attempt to extend their
season-best five-game winning streak tonight, as they host the Phoenix Suns
at the Toyota Center.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two squads. The
Rockets won the first contest on November 14, 2003 at the Toyota Center, while
Phoenix has won the last two games, which were both played at America West
Arena.

The Rockets, who have not won six straight since January 13-23, 2000, trail
the first-place Timberwolves by six games in the Midwest Division. Houston is
in seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race, 1 1/2 games behind
sixth-place Memphis.

On Saturday, Jim Jackson scored 20 points and Yao Ming added 17 points and 11
rebounds as the Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 88-80, in front of their
home crowd. Cuttino Mobley netted 15 points in the win for Houston.

Jackson has scored in double digits in four straight games. He has averaged
18.5 points in that span.

Houston is 25-10 at home this season.

The Suns come into tonight’s contest on a four-game losing streak. On
Saturday, Phoenix lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 113-90, at America West
Arena.

Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 25 points in the losing effort. Joe Johnson
added 20 points and Shawn Marion had 19 for the Suns, who have lost 13 of
their last 16 games.

Phoenix is a dismal 7-26 on the road this season.

The Rockets have won five of the last nine meetings between the two teams. The
Suns have lost three straight at Houston. These two squads have split the last
eight meetings at Houston.

HOU PHO