Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets humiliate Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Yao Ming poured in 24 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets demolished the Philadelphia 76ers,
124-74, at Wachovia Center.

Tracy McGrady added 21 points and doled out eight assists for the Rockets, who
have six wins in their last seven games. Luther Head came off the bench to
score 13 points while Chuck Hayes netted 12 and had 13 boards in the victory.

With the victory, Houston remains in the fifth spot in the Western Conference
playoff race.

Kyle Korver came off the bench and had 17 points for the sluggish 76ers, who
have lost three of their last four games. Samuel Dalembert and Louis Williams
each had 12 points for Philadelphia, which had a season low in points.

The loss drops the Sixers five games out of the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference.

It was the largest margin of defeat for the Sixers in Wachovia Center history.

Houston stormed out of the gate and opened the contest on a 21-6 surge to take
control of things early. Yao had six points during the stretch while McGrady
capped the run with a three-pointer.

After the opening quarter, the Rockets led 32-15 paced by 12 points from
McGrady.

Houston continued to run in front in the second stanza and went up by 21
points after Juwan Howard hit a running jumper in the lane to make it 46-25
with 7:12 to play in the quarter.

The Rockets, who shot 56.8 percent from the field in the first half, entered
halftime with a 59-40 advantage.

Houston’s lead ballooned to 32 points after McGrady drained a three-pointer to
make it 81-49 with about five minutes to play in the third quarter.

The Rockets did not let up and upped their lead to 37 points after Hayes
netted four straight points to make it 91-54 with about a minute remaining in
the third. Houston then went into the final frame with a commanding 93-56
lead.

The Rockets outscored the Sixers 31-18 in the fourth quarter despite resting
most of their starters.

Game Notes

The Rockets have won nine of their last 10 against the 76ers, including
five straight in Philadelphia…Howard finished with 11 points and 10
rebounds…Houston shot 11-of-25 from beyond the arc…The Sixers shot just
33.8 percent from the field.

HOU PHI