Rockets land in Seattle
(Sports Network) – The playoff-bound Houston Rockets play the middle contest
of a three-game road trip, as they visit the Seattle SuperSonics tonight at
Houston is the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoff race, and is just
a half game behind No. 4 Utah. On Sunday, Tracy McGrady poured in 40 points,
pulled down eight rebounds and dished out 10 assists to lead the Rockets to
112-106 win over the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.
McGrady, who didn’t play in the previous game due to a back injury, shot 14-
of-28 from the field and 9-of-12 from the foul line for the Rockets, who
snapped a three-game skid.
Yao Ming and Luther Head both contributed 18 points for Houston, which swept
all three games from Sacramento this season.
The Rockets are a solid 22-16 on the road this season. They will wrap up the
swing against rookie Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday
at the Rose Garden.
Seattle returns home after a solid victory on the road. Rashard Lewis
registered 35 points and helped lead the SuperSonics to an improbable come
from behind 106-103 victory over the Northwest Division champion Utah Jazz at
the EnergySolutions Arena.
Lewis also collected a team-high eight rebounds for Seattle, which snapped a
four-game losing skid. Earl Watson added 15 points and nine assists for the
SuperSonicsSonics, while Nick Collison netted 14 points in the victory.
The SuperSonics are 20-19 at home this season. After tonight’s contest, they
will embark on a three-game road trip before wrapping up the season against
the Dallas Mavericks on April 18th at KeyArena. Seattle will visit Phoenix,
Portland and the Lakers on the upcoming swing.
Houston is 2-0 against the SuperSonics this season. The Rockets won a pair of
contests over Seattle at the Toyota Center, and have won eight of the last
nine contests in the series.
The Rockets have won four of their last five at Seattle.