Monday , Nov , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – November 22

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – November 22 ===

(Sports Network) – Yao Ming scored 19 points and Tracy McGrady contributed 16
points and 11 assists, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Portland Trail
Blazers, 97-93, at the Rose Garden.

Jim Jackson and Dikembe Mutombo each had 15 points for the Rockets, who have
won two in a row and evened their record at 6-6. Mutombo also pulled down 11
rebounds.

Houston was clinging to a two-point lead with five minutes left in the third
quarter. However, the Rockets closed the period with a 12-4 spurt, ignited by
McGrady’s three-pointer, to grab a 77-67 advantage after 36 minutes.

Portland kept chipping away in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 93-91
on a follow-up basket by Randolph with 35.9 seconds remaining.

The Rockets then got the ball to McGrady and he drained a 22-foot jumper with
13.2 seconds left to increase the margin to four.

After Derek Anderson converted a layup for Portland, the Trail Blazers fouled
Jackson with 7.3 seconds left and he proceeded to make both attempts from the
stripe to seal it.

Houston, which will also visit Sacramento and Utah on its trek, is 4-3 away
from home this season.

The Rockets will return to action on Tuesday when they face the Kings.

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