Thursday , Dec , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets need McGrady on the court

(Sports Network) – Houston All-Star Tracy McGrady is sidelined with back
spasms. McGrady, who missed 35 games last season, is averaging 19.2 points,
5.6 rebounds and a team-best 6.3 assists this season.

The Rockets begin a five-game road trip when they visit the Golden State
Warriors on Thursday at ORACLE Arena. Houston has won two straight and three
of its last four at Golden State. The Rockets have won three in a row in the
series.

Houston will try and get back on the winning track against the Warriors.
Superstar Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven
assists as Los Angeles squandered a 27-point fourth quarter lead but held on
and escaped with a 102-94 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday at the Toyota
Center.

All-Star center Yao Ming poured in 26 points on 9-of-19 from the field for the
Rockets in the loss to the Lakers, while Luther Head scored 21 points for
Houston, which had a two-game winning streak halted. John Lucas netted 13 and
Juwan Howard posted 10 points in defeat.

The Rockets are 6-5 on the road this season. They will also visit the Lakers,
Clippers, Portland and San Antonio on the current road trip.

Yao leads the Rockets in scoring (25.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg). He has
scored 20 or more points in three straight and 18 of Houston’s 21 contests
this season. The Houston center has collected eight double-doubles and scored
in double-digits in all of the Rockets’ games.

Houston is 2-3 when it allows 100 or more points this season. The Rockets are
5-0 when they reach the century mark.

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