NBA Game Summary - New York at Houston
(Saturday, January 5th)
Final Score: Houston 103, New York 91
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yao Ming scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six assists and blocked four shots to lead the Houston Rockets over the New York Knicks, 103-91, at the Toyota Center.
Aaron Brooks came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points and Rafer Alston tallied 14 points for the Rockets, who have won two straight and improved to 4-2 without injured star Tracy McGrady in the lineup.
"Coach (Rick Adelman) instilled a lot of confidence in me having me in there at the end of the game," said Brooks. "I was kind of worried at first, but I responded well. Hopefully we'll get a winning streak going."
Nate Robinson scored a season-high 25 points and Zach Randolph returned from his league-imposed one-game suspension to tally 18 points and 22 rebounds for the Knicks, who have dropped seven in a row.
Randolph missed Friday's 97-93 setback in San Antonio because he hit an official with his headband during Wednesday's 107-97 loss against Sacramento.
"We have to keep playing hard," said Robinson. "We played hard tonight and last night. We just have to develop a sense of hope and urgency the rest of the season."
Eddy Curry had 16 points and Stephon Marbury recorded 11 points for New York, which has lost 13 of its last 15 games.
Ahead 11-8 in the first quarter, the Rockets scored nine of 10 points to forge ahead 20-9. Luther Head completed a three-point play with 2:44 left to end the run and allow the Rockets to cruise into the second quarter with a 27-13 lead.
Bonzi Wells hit a jumper midway through the second quarter to give Houston a 20-point lead, 43-23, and the Rockets went into the break with a 55-42 advantage.
New York made it interesting coming out of the locker room, scoring six of the first eight points to draw within 57-48, but Head hit a jumper with 7:45 left to put Houston back up 65-50.
After going into the fourth ahead 10 points, 79-69, the Rockets pulled away midway through the stanza. Leading 93-83, Alston spearheaded a 7-0 surge with five points to put the Rockets in the driver's seat.
New York has lost six straight on the road, falling to 1-13 on the road this season and 0-2 on its current three-game road trip...Houston improved to 8-6 at home.
01/05 23:44:40 ET