Friday , Dec , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

McGrady leads way as Rockets top Kings

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and Yao Ming
recorded 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets over the
Sacramento Kings, 106-95, at ARCO Arena.

Derek Anderson added 17 points and David Wesley tallied 12 points for the
Rockets, who have won two straight and three of four after starting the season
3-11.

“It was good,” said Anderson of the Rockets’ win to start their six-game road
trip. “The first game is always important. You always want to get momentum
going into the other games.”

Mike Bibby scored 24 points and dished out six assists for the Kings, who blew
a 14-point third-quarter lead to lose for the fifth straight time. Brad Miller
added 21 points and eight rebounds for Sacramento, which scored just 16 points
in the fourth quarter.

Down 79-73 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Rockets went on a 19-4 run
to take control. Stromile Swift and Luther Head spearheaded the run, combining
for 12 points during the surge, which was capped by a pair of Anderson free
throws for a 92-83 lead with 4:37 left.

Much of the damage was done with McGrady on the bench. Head coach Jeff Van
Gundy had him on the bench to rest him for the home stretch.

Sacramento later drew within 96-91 on a Miller jumper with 2:17 left. Miller
then stripped Yao on the other end, but missed a jumped with 1:40 on the clock
that could have made it a one-possession game.

McGrady hit a pair of free throws 15 seconds later to increase the lead to
eight points and secure the win.

The Rockets trailed 31-29 after one quarter and went into halftime down 52-47.

The Kings began to mount a lead in the third, extending their lead to 72-58 on
a Peja Stojakovic three-pointer with just over 4 1/2 minutes remaining until
the fourth.

Houston, however, came storming back before the final stanza. Down by 13
points, 77-64, the Rockets ended the quarter with a 9-2 run to draw within
79-73. McGrady’s three-pointer at the buzzer made it a six-point game.

Bonzi Wells had 21 points for the Kings, who ended a four-game homestand
winless.

Game Notes

This was the first time this season that the Rockets have won back-to-back
games…Houston improved to 3-6 on the road…Sacramento fell to 6-7 at
home…Houston has won both meetings this season and three straight dating
back to last season against the Kings…Stojakovic had 15 points and seven
boards.

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