Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets try for rare home win with Hornets in town

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets try to reverse their fortunes at home
this evening when they conclude a two-game homestand against the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Toyota Center.

Houston dropped its fifth straight game at home on Wednesday, as it was on the
wrong end of an 88-80 decision to the Sacramento Kings. Juwan Howard had 24
points and 15 rebounds and David Wesley scored 17 points for the Rockets, who
have lost four consecutive games overall and have not won at home since
beating the Boston Celtics back on December 6.

Rafer Alston contributed 15 points in the loss.

Houston was again without star forward Tracy McGrady, who missed his second
straight games since being taken to a hospital with severe back spasms.
McGrady, though, like forward Stromile Swift and guard Jon Barry, will be a
game-time decision.

The Rockets are 0-10 this season without McGrady, who had gone for more than
30 points in five straight games before leaving Sunday’s tilt with 11 points.

Houston, which will head to Atlanta on Monday, is a dismal 3-11 in its
building this season.

The Hornets, meanwhile, come into tonight’s encounter on a winning note after
David West scored 19 points and had five steals to lead New Orleans/Oklahoma
City to a 90-76 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Rasual Butler added 16 points and six rebounds and Kirk Snyder chipped in with
13 points and five rebounds for the Hornets, who stopped a small two-game

New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which will wrap up a brief two-game road trip in
Charlotte on Monday, has dropped four in a row on the road and is 5-12 away
from home this season.

Houston has already lost twice this season to the Hornets, but has won nine of
14 and 10 of the last 16 meetings. The Hornets are also just 3-5 in their last
eight visits to Houston.