Friday , Mar , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets aim to burn Nuggets

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets attempt to extend their winning streak
to three games when they welcome the Houston Rockets tonight to the Pepsi
Center.

Denver plays the middle contest of a three-game homestand. All-Star guard
Allen Iverson posted 34 points, seven assists and five steals, as the Nuggets
downed the Orlando Magic, 111-101, on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points in the win over the Magic for Denver, which
has won two in a row after a four-game losing streak. Eduardo Najera scored 17
points and Linas Kleiza netted 15 for the Nuggets.

The Nuggets are 15-15 at home this season. They are scheduled to host
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Tuesday in the finale of the current
stand.

Houston enters tonight’s game on a two-game losing streak. Rookie Andrea
Bargnani scored 20 points to lead a balanced Toronto attack as the Raptors
downed the Rockets, 106-90, on Wednesday at the Toyota Center.

All-Star Tracy McGrady returned after missing a game with flu-like symptoms to
score 22 points in the loss for the Rockets, who have dropped four of their
last six games overall. Shane Battier netted 16 points, while Rafer Alston
contributed 12 points in defeat.

The Rockets are a respectable 15-13 on the road this season. Houston will host
the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday at the Toyota Center.

This is the third and final meeting of the regular season between the squads.
The teams split the previous two contests, as both clubs picked up a win on
the road.

Houston has won two straight and three of its last four at Denver.

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