NBA Game Summary - Houston at Seattle
(Wednesday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Houston 109, Seattle 107
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and hit the go-ahead bucket with 51 seconds to go, as the Houston Rockets came back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and handed the snake-bitten Seattle SuperSonics their 12th straight loss, 109-107, at KeyArena.
Yao Ming scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Houston, which won its third straight game in sweeping a home-and-home with the Sonics. Rafer Alston added 18 points, making 5-of-9 shots from three-point range, and dished out eight assists.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points in the loss for Seattle, while Wally Szczerbiak came off the bench to score 22 points. The 12 losses in a row ties a franchise record set over two seasons, from March 15, 1969 to October 28, 1970.
Houston used an 18-6 run to end the game to beat the Sonics for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings.
An Alston three-pointer, a McGrady jumper and a pair of free throws from Yao cut the lead to three points with 3:17 to go. After a Nick Collison free throw brought the lead back to four for the Sonics, Shane Battier connected from long distance to get the Rockets within one.
After Kurt Thomas made a free throw to make it a 103-101 game, McGrady stepped back behind the arc and nailed a three to give Houston a 104-103 lead with 1:23 remaining. Thomas answered with a jumper from the foul line on Seattle's next possession to give the Sonics the lead, then McGrady drove to the basket and hit a runner put Houston back on top with 51 seconds remaining.
On Seattle's next trip down the court, Luke Ridnour missed a layup. Alston then connected on his fifth and final three-pointer of the night to give Houston a 109-105 lead with 19 seconds left.
Durant made a quick layup to cut the lead to two, and after McGrady missed a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left that could have iced the game, Seattle had a chance to tie or win the game on its final possession, but Durant's three-pointer as time expired clanged off the back of the rim.
Leading by nine at halftime, Seattle stretched the lead back to 11 early in the third quarter after a pair of Jeff Green free throws, but Houston spent the rest of the period slowly chipping away at the gap. McGrady scored 11 points in the quarter to drag the Rockets to within five points, and they trailed 83-78 entering the final frame.
The Sonics edged the lead back out to double digits early in the fourth quarter when Thomas connected with a jump shot to give the Sonics a 95-82 lead with 8:43 left in the game.
But, from that point on, McGrady and Alston's sharp shooting led Houston to victory. Trailing by 10 with 4:34 left, the Rockets mounted a 13-2 run to give Houston its first lead since they held a 24-23 edge with 36 seconds to go in the first quarter.
The win was a dramatic turn from the first half, which Seattle dominated thanks to a 13-2 spurt from the end of the first quarter through the early parts of the second quarter. Durant scored 15 points in the half as Seattle led by as many as 11 points en route to taking a 59-50 lead into intermission.
Houston shot 46.6 percent from the field and made 11-of-23 shots from three- point range...Seattle shot 51.9 percent from the floor, but was only 1-of-8 from beyond the arc...Yao converted on 14-of-15 from the free throw line...The Rockets dished out 28 assists and committed only seven turnovers...The Sonics will look to avoid setting a new franchise record for longest losing streak when they host Atlanta on Friday...Houston concludes a two-game swing through the Pacific Northwest when it visits Portland on Friday.
01/24 01:15:33 ET