NBA Game Summary - Houston at Chicago
(Tuesday, March 1st)
Final Score: Houston 119, Chicago 89
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady poured in 32 points and handed out seven assists, as Houston blew out Chicago, 119-89, at the United Center.
Mike James chipped in 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting for the Rockets, who put an end to their three-game losing streak and won for the ninth time in the last 12 contests. Yao Ming ended with 14 points while Jon Barry netted 13 in the win.
Houston made 56 percent of its shots for the game and was 9-of-14 from three- point range (64 percent), while the Bulls hit on just 37 percent from the floor and made only 2-of-16 from behind the arc (13 percent).
"It happens sometimes," said James of the lopsided win. "They had been playing really good ball and they'll continue to play really good ball. But, tonight, we wanted it a little bit more."
Eddy Curry had a team-high 17 points and Ben Gordon added 15 off the bench for Chicago, which had its two-game winning streak halted.
Kirk Hinrich, who came in as the team's leading scorer averaging 15.8 points per game, was held to only four points on 2-of-5 shooting in 23 minutes.
"I really can't explain," said Hinrich. "We just did not have it tonight, but you have to find a way to compete."
James' layup with 6:46 left in the first quarter gave Houston a 12-6 edge and the margin grew to nine points on James' three-pointer moments later. The Rockets hit their final 11 shots in the quarter and increased the gap to 36-24 after one.
"Obviously, that was a game we were never in," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "Right from the beginning they were open all over the floor."
Houston's lead ballooned to 52-28 on Juwan Howard's jumper just past the midpoint of the second period and the Rockets went into the locker room with a commanding 66-39 advantage.
McGrady had 19 points while James netted 16 for Houston, which shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half (26-of-43). Curry scored 15 points for the Bulls, who connected on only 13-of-33 shots in the opening 24 minutes (39 percent).
The Rockets were never threatened in the second half as the lead grew as high as 39 points. In fact, the game was so far out of reach that Skiles benched his entire starting five early in the third period and many of them never returned.
Houston swept the season-series and has won five straight over the Bulls...The 66 first-half points were the Rockets' season-high and also the most the Bulls have given up in the first half this year...Chicago rookie forward Luol Deng left just 37 seconds into the game with a right ankle sprain and did not return...This was the Bulls' worst loss of the season.
03/01 23:58:53 ET