NBA Game Summary - Houston at Golden State
(Friday, December 12th)
Final Score: Houston 119, Golden State 108
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady finished an assist shy of a triple-double in his return to the court, leading the Houston Rockets to a 119-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
McGrady, who had missed the last seven games with a sore left knee, had a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Rockets, who have won four of their past five contests.
"The second half I came out a little rusty," McGrady said. "But for the most part I felt pretty good. I was trying to do a little extra tonight for us to get a win."
Yao Ming added 19 points and 14 boards for Houston, while Luis Scola finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Carl Landry scored 18 off the bench in the win.
Andris Biedrins had 18 points and 12 boards to pace Golden State, which had its two-game win streak snapped. Anthony Randolph added 15 points and 10 boards, while C.J. Watson chipped in 17 points in the loss, Golden State's 10th in 12 games.
"Well, there you have it," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We didn't make enough shots for us to win, missed too many defensive assignments, I thought, to give ourselves a real good chance."
A back-and-forth first quarter ended with a Randolph layup, which cut Houston's lead to 31-29 headed into the second. Watson tipped in a shot a little more than two minutes into the new quarter, tying the contest at 35, but the Rockets surged ahead with an 11-0 run.
Landry scored the first four points of the burst, and McGrady ended it with four free throws. The final one gave the Rockets a 46-35 advantage with 6 1/2 minutes to go, and Houston maintained the margin at halftime, when it led 61-50.
The Rockets opened their lead in the third quarter, as Scola scored six consecutive points, and Rafer Alston followed with a three-pointer that set the Houston advantage at 76-56.
Houston led 92-75 heading into the fourth, though Golden State made one last push. The Warriors scored nine points in a row in the middle of the stanza, with Anthony Morrow ending the surge with a pair of baskets. The second brought Golden State within 109-98 with 4 1/2 minutes to play, but Aaron Brooks countered with a bucket for Houston, and the Rockets led by double digits the rest of the way.
Houston's Ron Artest did not play because of a sprained right ankle...Brooks finished with 12 points, while Alston had 13...Morrow scored 15 for the Warriors...Golden State took 107 shots, making 43 (40.2 percent)...Houston shot 46.6 percent (41-of-88) from the field...The Rockets made 93.8 percent (30-of-32) of their foul shots, compared to just 72 percent (18-of-25) for the Warriors.
12/13 02:52:49 ET