Saturday , Mar , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – March 27

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – March 27 ===

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets got their brief two-game road trip off
on the wrong foot on Friday with a 109-86 setback at the hands of the surging
Memphis Grizzlies at the Pyramid.

Steve Francis posted a team-high 17 points for the Rockets, who had a two-game
winning streak snapped. Yao Ming and Jim Jackson both scored 14 points.

Despite the loss, Houston remained locked in seventh place in the Western
Conference playoff race, 2 1/2 games back of the Dallas Mavericks and 4 1/2 in
front of the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, both of whom are tied for the
eighth and final spot.

The Rockets will return to the court on Sunday when they head to Milwaukee to
face the Bucks at the Bradley Center.They have lost five of seven and seven of
their last 10 on the road and are 15-19 away from home this season.

Houston defeated the Bucks earlier in the season and has won two of the last
three and five of the last seven meetings. The Rockets, though, have dropped
two straight and four of their last five in Milwaukee.

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