Wednesday , Nov , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – November 3

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – November 3 ===

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets play their second game of the 2004-05
regular season tonight as, they visit the Toronto Raptors and new head
coach Sam Mitchell Air Canada Centre.

The Rockets opened their season on Tuesday, as they fell to the defending
champion Detroit Pistons, 87-79, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tracy McGrady did not shoot well in his Houston debut, going 6-of-18 for a
team-high 18 points. All-Star center Yao Ming scored only seven points to go
with 10 boards, while Charlie Ward posted 13 points for the new look Rockets,
who obtained McGrady in a blockbuster trade for Steve Francis and Cuttino
Mobley in the offseason.

Houston shot just 39.4 percent from the field (28-of-71) despite making 6-
of-13 three-pointers in the loss to Detroit.

McGrady played for Toronto from 1997-2000. He was originally selected out of
Mount Zion Christian Academy High School by the Raptors in the first round
(ninth overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Last season, these clubs split a pair of games as both squads won overtime
affairs in front of their home crowds. The home team has won six of the last
seven contests in this series. Houston has lost two of its last three at