Rockets try to extend winning streak versus Indiana
(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets try to extend their winning streak to
four games when they welcome the Indiana Pacers tonight to the Toyota Center.
Houston is No. 5 in the Western Conference playoff race, seven games ahead of
the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. The Pacers are tied with New Jersey for
the seventh spot in the East.
The Rockets open a short two-game homestand. All-Star center Yao Ming poured
in 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Rockets demolished the
Philadelphia 76ers, 124-74, on Sunday at the Wachovia Center.
Tracy McGrady poured in 21 points and handed out eight assists for the
Rockets, who have won six of their last seven games overall. Luther Head
scored 13 points, while Chuck Hayes netted 12 and grabbed 13 rebounds in the
On the injury front for Houston, guard Bonzi Wells (sore right foot) is
doubtful for tonight’s game. Wells, who is averaging 8.2 points in just 26
games this season, has missed 10 straight games.
Houston is 23-10 at home this season. The Rockets, who have won three in a row
at the Toyota Center, will host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
The Pacers start a two-game road trip. On Saturday, Troy Murphy scored 22
points as Indiana ended an 11-game losing skid with a 113-90 rout of the
Atlanta Hawks at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points in the win over Atlanta for the Pacers, while
Danny Granger finished with 19 points and Ike Diogu ended with 15 points in
Indiana is just 11-21 on the road this season. The Pacers are scheduled to
visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday at the AT&T Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
December 26th, the Pacers defeated the Rockets, 81-76, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana has won three of its last five at Houston.