Monday , Apr , 11 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – April 11

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – April 11 ===

(Sports Network) – The playoff-bound Houston Rockets host the Northwest
Division-leading Seattle SuperSonics on Monday at the Toyota Center.

Seattle is attempting to win its first division title since 1997-98, when it
went 61-21 and won its third consecutive Pacific Division title. The Sonics
have already posted 50 wins for just the 10th time in franchise history and
first since the 1997-98 campaign.

The Sonics, who are the third seed in the Western Conference, lead the second-
place Nuggets by five games in the Northwest Division.

Houston is the sixth seed in the West and owns a slim 1/2 game lead over the
seventh-seeded Nuggets. The Rockets trail No. 5 Sacramento by just 1 1/2
games.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The SuperSonics
defeated Houston, 87-85, at the Toyota Center, while the Rockets beat Seattle,
97-95 at KeyArena. The teams will play once more time in the regular season,
as the Rockets will host Seattle on April 20th.

Houston plays its final road game of the regular season on Monday. It is an
impressive 24-16 as the visitor in the 2004-05 campaign. Last season, the
Rockets finished 18-23 on the road.

After Monday’s game, the Rockets return home for four straight games to
closeout the regular season. They will host Memphis, Denver, the Clippers and
Seattle.

The Rockets have won two in a row and play the finale of a four-game road
trip. On Saturday, Tracy McGrady scored 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds
to lead Houston over the Phoenix Suns, 98-97, at America West Arena.

Bob Sura added 13 points and six assists in Saturday’s victory for the
Rockets, who clinched a spot in the postseason with the win. Center Yao Ming
finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes of action against the
Suns.

McGrady has scored more than 20 points in seven of his last eight games He is
averaging 29.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and five assists in his last eight
outings.

HOU