Wednesday , Dec , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – December 8

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – December 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The Rockets registered an 89-81 win over the New Orleans
Hornets on Tuesday night at the Toyota Center.

Yao Ming compiled 21 points and nine rebounds, while Tracy McGrady scored
eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter of the win. Andre Barrett added
14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and made several key baskets in the second-half
after the Rockets nearly coughed up a 13-point lead at the break.

The Rockets won for the second straight time following a five-game slide.

Rockets forward Jim Jackson sat out the game with back spasms. It is unknown
when Jackson will return to the court.

Houston now leads the all-time series 30-4 and has won seven of the last nine
meetings between the clubs, including the last three.

The Rockets have a day off before hosting the arch-rival San Antonio Spurs on
Thursday night.