Rockets Burn Hornets at the Hive

Posted: February 23, 2008 in Hornets

Yao Ming and company took care of business Friday night dominating the whole game to defeat the Bees 100-80. That keeps a 10 game winning streak, now eleven, alive for Houston and also extends their run of holding opponents under 90 points to 8 of 9 games.

The Hornets got their third sellout of the year with their largest crowd of the year, 17,714. They did not have much to cheer about, though, for much of the night.

The Hornets will look to bounce back in San Antonio tomorrow night.

San Antonio is 36-17, one game back from the Hornets in the Division race. With Phoenix winning, the Hornets still lead the conference, but only by conference record again.

Field Goals Rebounds
pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C.Paul G 31:42 6-13 0-2 2-2 -18 1 2 3 11 2 3 0 0 0 14
M.Peterson G 21:01 1-5 0-2 0-0 -16 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 2
D.West F 33:15 7-17 0-0 6-7 -24 3 7 10 1 1 0 2 1 1 20
P.Stojakovic F 31:25 3-10 1-3 1-1 -18 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
T.Chandler C 31:56 4-6 0-0 1-4 -21 1 8 9 2 5 0 4 1 0 9
R.Butler   19:41 2-6 1-2 1-2 -11 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 6
R.Bowen   16:52 1-2 0-0 1-3 +1 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 3
J.Pargo   16:18 1-9 0-2 0-0 -2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
H.Armstrong   16:04 1-3 0-0 0-0 +1 2 3 5 1 1 1 1 2 0 2
M.Ely   14:28 1-3 0-0 2-4 +1 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 4
J.Wright   07:18 5-6 0-0 0-2 +7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 22 (AP) — The Houston Rockets‘ winning streak just got a whole lot more impressive.

Yao Ming had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and the Rockets won their 11th straight game, 100-80 over the Western Conference-leading New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

“We talked about making a statement,” said Rockets coach Rick Adelman, whose team also set a franchise record with 10 consecutive road victories. “We feel we’re playing as well as anybody in the league right now and we want to show that we can continue to do that by playing the best teams and getting the win.”

Tracy McGrady scored 34 points on an array of perimeter jumpers, driving layups through crowds and soaring dunks, helping Houston build an early double-digit lead it maintained throughout the second half in snapping New Orleans’ five-game winning streak.

“We understand this is one of the teams that’s ahead of us,” McGrady said. “I wanted to really set the tone right away. I wanted to attack and see how they were going to play defensively. It was one-on-one and I got it rolling.”

Houston improved to 2-0 since trading Bonzi Wells and Mike James to the New Orleans Hornets shortly before Thursday afternoon’s trading deadline. And reserve guard Bobby Jackson, the primary player the Rockets received in the deal, hasn’t even suited up yet.

This was the Hornets’ first game since the trade. Wells and James were unable to play for New Orleans and sat on the bench in street clothes, watching their old team run their new one out of the building. Jackson was still in Houston for his physical. The trade would not be official until that was complete.

Although New Orleans has a 7-footer of its own in Tyson Chandler, the matchup against the 7-6 Yao did not go well for the Hornets’ center.

“New Orleans is a very good team and this gives us confidence,” Yao said. “It means a lot for us to beat them on the road and also keep our winning streak and also the 10 (game) winning streak on the road. … We made history, right?”

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