Sunday , Jan , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets, Rockets meet at Toyota Center

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets both attempt to get
back on the winning track when the teams battle tonight at the Toyota Center.

Denver suffered a tough loss on Friday. Devin Harris scored on a layup off an
inbounds play with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime, giving the Dallas
Mavericks a thrilling 114-112 victory over the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points and sent the game into extra minutes with
a dramatic three-pointer as time expired in the fourth quarter of the loss to
Detroit for the Nuggets.

Denver, which failed to collect its third straight win, received 21 points and
11 assists from Andre Miller and 19 points from Earl Boykins in defeat.

The Nuggets are just 5-10 as the visitor this season.

Houston enters tonight’s game off a blow out loss. Mike James scored 30
points, handed out eight assists and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds, as
the Toronto Raptors crushed the Rockets, 112-92, on Friday at Air Canada
Centre.

All-Star Tracy McGrady poured in a game-high 37 points and David Wesley
chipped in 19 in the loss to Toronto for the Rockets, who had their two-game
winning streak snapped. McGrady has scored more than 30 points in five
straight games.

Houston will be without forward Juwan Howard, who will serve a one-game
suspension. On Friday, Howard hit Toronto’s Mike James in the face with the
basketball during Houston’s 112-92 loss to the Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

The Rockets are a dismal 3-9 at the Toyota Center this season. They have
dropped three in a row at home.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 23rd,
Anthony scored 25 points as Denver routed the Rockets, 108-86, at the Pepsi
Center.

The Rockets have won eight of 12 and nine of the last 14 meetings in this
series. Denver has lost seven of eight and 13 of its last 17 at Houston.

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