Tuesday , Nov , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Yao, Rockets surge past Grizzlies

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Yao Ming had 24 points and seven rebounds, as
Houston used a fourth-quarter surge to pull away for an 86-80 win over the
Memphis Grizzlies.

Tracy McGrady totaled 19 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who shot
just 3-of-18 from three-point range and committed 24 turnovers, but still
snapped a four-game skid versus the Grizzlies.

Chuck Hayes had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Shane Battier also scored 12
for the Rockets.

Stromile Swift scored 15 to pace Memphis, which has lost two in a row.

A jam by Dahntay Jones brought Memphis within 72-71 with 7:41 left, but the
Grizzlies went 3-of-16 from the field down the stretch.

Yao responded with two free throws and Luther Head drilled a three-pointer.
McGrady then hit two foul shots for a 79-71 lead with 5:41 left.

The Grizzlies didn’t close the gap under four the rest of the way.