Saturday, March 12, 2005

Rockets Victory over Suns

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The Rockets certainly looked well-oiled Friday night.

Tracy McGrady scored 38 points and Yao Ming had 27 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, helping the Rockets rally from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Phoenix Suns 127-107.

"McGrady was terrific, and that performance by Yao was dominating," Barry added.

The victory was the third straight for the Rockets over an elite Western Conference team following wins over Dallas and Seattle in their two previous games.

The loss prevented the Suns (47-15) from becoming the winningest team in the NBA and dropped them one-half game behind the idle San Antonio Spurs (47-14) in the race for home court advantage in the playoffs. Houston is 36-25 and surging.

Houston began the fourth quarter trailing by four points, but with McGrady pumping in jumpers and the 7-foot-6 Yao taking command inside, the Rockets outscored Phoenix 41-17 and finished with their highest point total of the season. Houston shot .565 (13-for-23) in the period, while the Suns, who had been at .492 percent (30-for-61) through three quarters, were only 6-for-26 (.231) in the fourth.

"This is a big win for us," McGrady said. "This is a high-powered offense. And for us to hold them to 17 points in the fourth quarter shows how good a defensive team we can be.

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