Friday , Dec , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets pound Bobcats

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady notched 23 points, five
rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals, as the Houston Rockets pounded
the Charlotte Bobcats, 92-62, allowing the lowest points total in franchise
history.

“We just wanted to come in, jump on them right away, outsmart them and pretty
much come in and play our game,” McGrady said. “I think we can be a great
defensive team night in and night out.”

Yao Ming posted 21 points and six rebounds for the Rockets, who have won three
of their last four. Juwan Howard had 12 points and six rebounds, and Rafer
Alston added 10 points.

Raymond Felton scored 16 points as the only player in double figures for the
Bobcats, who lost their second straight and shot a franchise-worst 23-for-81
(28 percent) from the floor. Emeka Okafor had eight points and six rebounds.

“There’s no need to dwell on this game,” Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. “The only thing you hoped for that one was that it would hurry up and
get over. We had some pretty good shots, and the ball didn’t go down.”

Houston took off on a 10-0 run down the first-quarter stretch capped by a
Howard layup with 4:33 left, and led 31-17 heading into the second.

The Rockets continued to control the game, outscoring Charlotte by seven in
the second to take a 52-31 lead into halftime.

Houston outscored Charlotte, 25-15, in the third quarter to lead 77-46 heading
into the final stanza, in which the Bobcats managed to trim one point off
their deficit.

Game Notes

Houston allowed 63 points to Utah on January 3, 2004…Charlotte shot 31
percent from the floor against Toronto on February 10, 2006 for its previous
record low…Both teams split a pair of meetings last season, while the
Bobcats lead the lifetime series by a 3-2 margin.

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