Sunday, January 30, 2005

Rockets Lose, No Bueno

- from the Official Site of the Houston Rockets

Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings stole a win from the Houston Rockets.

Webber sank a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation, then created the clinching turnover in overtime by eavesdropping on the huddle as the Kings rallied for a 117-111 victory over the Rockets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Webber scored 30 points, Mike Bibby added 28 and 14 assists and Cuttino Mobley had 24 in his return to Houston. The trio combined to score Sacramento's last 21 points.

The Rockets positioned themselves to win behind the hot shooting of Scott Padgett, who made his first eight shots, including six from the arc. His 3-pointer made it 101-98 with 2:02 remaining and he answered Webber's two free throws with a jumper for a 103-100 edge with 44 seconds to go.

Bibby and Tracy McGrady traded misses before the Kings took over with 4.7 seconds left. Webber took the inbounds pass, faked a handoff to Bibby and drained a 3-pointer over McGrady with 1.3 seconds to play.

Padgett opened overtime with another 3-pointer, but Mobley tied it with one of his own, then countered McGrady's jumper with a 3-pointer in front of the Houston bench and coach Jeff Van Gundy, with whom he was at odds last season.

That gave Sacramento the lead for good at 109-108 with 2:58 remaining. Webber and Bibby added jumpers before a three-point play by Yao Ming pulled Houston within 113-111 with 22 seconds remaining.

The Rockets fouled Bibby and huddled near their bench as Van Gundy drew up a play. Webber peered in, picked up the play and informed his teammates as Bibby sank both free throws for a 115-111 lead with 15 seconds to go.

With Houston's options cut off, Padgett committed a turnover and Mobley added two foul shots to close the scoring.

Brad Miller had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who bounced back from Thursday's loss at San Antonio and won for the eighth time in 10 games. Both losses during that stretch have been to the Spurs.

McGrady had 30 points and 12 assists and Padgett scored 22 points for the Rockets.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

H-Town Becoming a Presence

After an unwelcoming homecoming in Orlando, McGrady and the Rockets have turned the season around with the points rolling in and shots falling in their way.

Houston now have won 5 of their last 7 beating teams like San Antonio and Dallas, as well as competitive teams such as Orlando and the Nuggets.

The Rockets are sitting at (22-19), after a clutch shot from Padgett to win a 92-91 contest against the Knicks. The Rockets have been playing much better ball compared to their start at the beginning of the season, a team below .500.

Game Notes

Yao Ming had 22 points, 12 rebounds
and Padgett had 12 points.
The Rockets outscored the Knicks 31-17 in the third quarter
McGrady scored 35 points

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

McGrady Upgrade

Tracy McGrady averages 24.7 points a game now which ranks him fifth in the NBA for scoring, and on top of that in the last 10 games Houston has averaged 100.4 points, as well as a .460 shooting average.

Believe me I was looking through numbers and that is by far and improvement on both McGrady and the Houston Rockets. Houston is back up at .500, yet they still are 10 1/2 games behind the Spurs. It is hard to compete in the Southwest division or as like to call it the "Texas Division". Still plenty of basketball left to play this season.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Houston over Jazz

So the Rockets were able to improve past .500 for the first time in all most two months.

Sura tied his season highs scoring 24 points, adding 10 rebounds, and five steals. While is counter-part Tracy McGrady scored 25 points as the Rockets beat the slumping Utah Jazz 99-80.

Go Rockets!