LeBron and Co. visit McGrady, Rockets
(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets will attempt to get back on the
winning track tonight when they welcome LeBron James and the Cleveland
Cavaliers to the Toyota Center.
Houston had a four-game winning streak stopped after Wednesday’s 102-91 loss
against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Tracy McGrady had a game-high
23 points with seven assists to lead the Rockets. Yao Ming added 18 points and
six boards, as Houston fell for just the third time in 12 games.
The Rockets will host Cleveland and Golden State with hopes of improving their
6-1 mark at the Toyota Center this season. Houston has won four in a row as
the host and hasn’t won five straight home games since February 2004.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have won two of their last three games, including
Friday’s 106-95 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
James totaled 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead Cleveland,
which is 1-0 on a brief two-game road swing in Atlanta and Houston, and 3-4
away from Quicken Loans Arena this season.
James, who has scored at least 30 points in his last three road games, added
three steals and two blocks, while Eric Snow contributed 13 points and eight
assists and Damon Jones added 15 points in the win.
Cleveland and Houston split a pair of meetings last season, but the Rockets
have won six of eight and 10 of the last 15 matchups.
The Cavs have lost eight of their last 10 trips to Houston.