Wednesday , Jan , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets welcome Kobe and Co. to town

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers wrap up a brief two-game road trip,
as they visit the Houston Rockets tonight at the Toyota Center.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Lakers won the
two previous contests, picking up a win at home and on the road.

The Lakers have won two straight and four of their last five at Houston. The
Lakers have won four in a row in this series.

Los Angeles will host the Rockets on March 30th at the Staples Center in the
fourth and final contest of the campaign between the squads.

The Lakers try and get back on the winning track this evening. On Tuesday,
Mike Miller tallied 14 of his 25 points in the third quarter as the Memphis
Grizzlies defeated the Lakers, 128-118, at the FedExForum.

Superstar Kobe Bryant poured in 25 points on 7-of-15 from the field in the
loss to the Grizzlies, while Maurice Evans ended with 12 points for the
Lakers, who had a four-game winning streak halted.

LA is 7-8 on the road this season. The Lakers return home to host the Orlando
Magic on Friday and the Miami Heat on January 15th.

Houston tries to make it back-to-back victories this evening. Tracy McGrady
and Luther Head demonstrated clutch shooting in the final minutes of play, as
the Rockets rallied past the Chicago Bulls, 84-77, on Monday at the United

McGrady ended with a game-high 31 points, six rebounds and eight assists in
the win over Chicago for the Rockets, who have won six of their last seven
games overall. Juwan Howard had 16 points and nine boards, while Shane Battier
contributed 12 points and Head netted 10 in the victory.

Houston continues to play without All-Star center Yao Ming, who leads the
Rockets in scoring (25.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg). Yao suffered a non
displaced fracture in a bone under his right knee during a 98-93 loss on
December 23rd to the Los Angeles Clippers. He is expected to be sidelined into
February. The Rockets are 6-2 without Yao.

The Rockets are 12-3 at home this season. After tonight’s contest, they will
embark on a three-game road trip. Houston will visit Denver, Sacramento and
Dallas on the upcoming swing.