NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Houston
(Tuesday, November 9th)
Final Score: Houston 90, Memphis 87
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yao Ming totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds while Juwan Howard posted 20 points, as the Houston Rockets edged the Memphis Grizzlies, 90-87, at the Toyota Center.
Tracy McGrady had 12 points, seven assists and six boards for Houston, but left in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. Maurice Taylor added 12 points in the victory.
"That is what team basketball is all about," Howard said. "We have a lot of depth and a lot of talented players on this basketball team."
Stromile Swift led the Grizzlies with 18 points, 12 of which came from the free throw line. Pau Gasol added 15 points in the losing effort, as Memphis remained winless on the young season (0-4).
The teams battled closely throughout until Houston finally took control with over six minutes to play in the final frame.
Howard put home a layup with 6:28 left that put the Rockets in front for good at 80-78.
Yao then threw down a dunk with over four minutes remaining as Houston moved ahead 85-78. Nearly two minutes later, however, Swift's floater and ensuing foul shot brought Memphis within 87-83.
Yao then answered with a fadeaway jumper to make it 89-83, but two more free throws by Swift cut the deficit to four. Another foul shot by Swift made it 89-86 with 25 seconds left, but his first miss of the night from the stripe prevented it from being a two-point game.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win, but we waited too long," Swift said.
Rockets guard Tyronn Lue went the other way, but missed a running layup. The Grizzlies gained control of the rebound and called timeout with five seconds remaining.
The Rockets fouled as soon as the ball came in bounds, but Memphis missed the first foul shot to basically end it. Houston also made just 1-of-2 foul shots to give the Grizzlies one final chance. However, Memphis could not convert a long range attempt from half court as time expired.
Houston also defeated Memphis on Friday...Yao fouled out with 1:38 left in the game...All five of Houston's opponents this season were winless coming into the game...The Grizzlies are 3-16 all-time at Houston, which shot 47 percent from the field. Memphis was 27-of-66 (41 percent)...Bonzi Wells ended with 13 points and six rebounds for Memphis.
11/10 01:00:50 ET