Wednesday , Jan , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics square off with Rockets in Houston

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets try to extend their winning streak to
four games , as they welcome the Seattle SuperSonics tonight to the
Toyota Center.

This is the first meeting of the season between the clubs this season. Seattle
has lost three straight after winning its last three at Houston.

Houston plays the third of a four-game homestand this evening. Tracy McGrady
posted a season-high 38 points and nine rebounds, as the Rockets knocked off
the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-109, at the Toyota Center.

Juwan Howard posted 22 points and seven rebounds in the win for the Rockets,
who won their third straight contest. Luther Head finished with 18 points and
Rafer Alston contributed 11 points and six assists in the victory.

The Rockets are an impressive 10-3 at home this season. They are scheduled to
host Carlos Boozer and the Utah Jazz on Friday.

Seattle attempts to get back on the winning track as it wraps up a short two-
game road trip. On Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki posted 31 points and a season-high
15 rebounds as the red-hot Dallas Mavericks made it 11 straight wins with a
112-88 victory over the SuperSonics at American Airlines Center.

Ray Allen finished with 27 points in the loss for the SuperSonics, who have
dropped three of their last four games overall. Earl Watson scored 15 points
in defeat.

The SuperSonics are just 4-13 on the road this season. They return home to
host the New York Knicks on Friday at KeyArena.