Friday , Jan , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – January 14

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – January 14 ===

(Sports Network) – Bob Sura poured in a career-high 35 points, Tracy McGrady
added 18 and Houston held off New Jersey in overtime, 94-85, at the Toyota

Sura ended 11-of-16 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for
Houston, which has won three straight. Juwan Howard added 12 points, while Yao
Ming struggled on the night, finishing with six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

After averaging just 86.9 points over its first 22 games, Houston has scored
104.1 over its last 14 contests. It is also two games above .500 (19-17) for
the first time this season.

Howard’s jumper gave the Rockets the lead for good at 85-83 inside the 3:00
mark of overtime. Moments later, Sura drained a three from the top of the key
to push the lead to 90-85 with around a minute to go. New Jersey, which scored
just four points in the extra frame, never recovered.

The Rockets, who will host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, have won four
of six and seven of their last nine at home and are 12-8 in their arena this

Houston also defeated New Jersey earlier in the season and has won three of
four and four of the last six meetings.