Wednesday , Nov , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets, Suns meet in Phoenix

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns both try and extend
their winning streaks to five games, as they battle tonight at US Airways

Phoenix opens a three-game homestand this evening. Raja Bell scored 30 points
and reigning MVP Steve Nash finished with 23 points and 10 assists to lead the
Suns over the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-101, on Monday at the Rose Garden.

Amare Stoudemire ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Shawn Marion and
Boris Diaw both contributed 17 points in the win over Portland for the Suns,
who have won four in a row and six of their last seven games overall.

On the injury front for Phoenix, guard Leandro Barbosa (sprained left ankle)
is questionable for tonight’s game. Barbosa, who is averaging 18.5 points and
5.2 assists, has missed the last two games.

The Suns are 5-2 at home this season. They have won four in a row a US Airways
Center. Phoenix is scheduled to host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and the
Sacramento Kings on December 5th.

Houston is fresh off a perfect 3-0 homestand. On Tuesday, Shane Battier scored
17 points and hit a pair of momentum-changing three-pointers in the fourth
quarter to lift the Rockets to an 82-75 victory over the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Toyota Center.

Battier made all five of his three-point shots, while All-Star center Yao Ming
finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won four
straight and nine of their last 11 contests overall.

Rafer Alston had 13 points and seven assists, but Tracy McGrady tied a season-
low with eight points and suffered a left hip injury in the first half. He
played nearly 33 minutes and also had seven assists, but shot just 4-of-14
from the field.

McGrady is probable for tonight’s contest.

The Rockets are 4-3 on the road this season. After tonight’s contest, Houston
returns home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday and the Golden State
Warriors on December 5th at the Toyota Center.

The Suns have won three in a row over Houston. The Rockets have lost three of
five and four of their last seven at Phoenix.