Monday , Mar , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets aim to tangle Rockets at Toyota Center

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets play the finale of a three-game road
trip tonight, as they visit the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 12th,
Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 35 points, including 30 in the second half,
as the Rockets knocked off the Nets, 99-91, at Continental Airlines Arena.

McGrady will not be a participant in tonight’s contest and could be sidelined
for up to five weeks because of a back injury. The All-Star forward is
averaging a team-best 24.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

The Rockets have won three straight meetings in this series. New Jersey has
lost two of three and 12 of its last 14 at Houston.

New Jersey will attempt to win its second straight contest this evening. On
Sunday, All-Star Vince Carter scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed five
rebounds and dished out five assists for the Nets, who defeated the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 95-84, at the Ford Center.

Jason Kidd finished with 15 points, 12 boards, and nine assists, Richard
Jefferson netted 19 and Nenad Krstic contributed 17 points and eight rebounds
in the win over the Hornets for the Nets, who have defeated the Hornets six
consecutive times.

The Nets are 14-19 as the visitor this season. After tonight’s game, the Nets
return to East Rutherford for a three-game homestand. They will play Portland
the Lakers and Dallas on the upcoming stand.

Houston tries to get back on the winning track as it plays the opener of a
four-game homestand. On Sunday, Tim Duncan ended with 20 points and 10
rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Rockets, 88-81, at the AT&T

Yao Ming had 25 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the loss to San
Antonio for the Rockets, who had a four-game winning streak halted. Rafer
Alston ended with 15 points for Houston, which scored just 11 third-quarter

The Rockets are just 13-18 at the host this season. They will also play
Dallas, San Antonio and the Clippers on the current stand. Houston has won
three in a row at the Toyota Center.