Sunday , Dec , 05 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – December 5

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – December 5 ===

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets ended a five-game losing streak with
Saturday’s home win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tracy McGrady’s jumper with 25.6 seconds left lifted the Rockets to the 77-76
victory.

A three-pointer by Scott Padgett gave Houston a 72-71 edge with 3:13 remaining
in the fourth and Bobby Sura followed with another three that made it 75-71
with 2:05 to play.

But an Allen Iverson free throw and a driving dunk by Kenny Thomas brought the
Sixers to within a point with 1:16 to play. Two free throws by Marc Jackson
then put the Sixers back in front, 76-75, with 37 seconds left.

However, McGrady’s jumper with 25.6 seconds left put the Rockets on top to
stay.

The Sixers had plenty of chances to regain the lead, but missed five shots in
the waning seconds. Thomas missed a driving layup in heavy traffic, but the
rebound eventually found its way to Jackson, who missed a pair of shots from
right under the basket. Kyle Korver caught up to a long rebound and missed a
three-pointer before Aaron McKie’s jumper at the buzzer clanged off the rim.

The Rockets will play the second test of a six-game homestand against the New
Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

HOU