NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Houston
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Houston 111, Golden State 107
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yao Ming tied a season high with 36 points and 19 rebounds, as Houston overcame the absence of Tracy McGrady to fend off the Golden State Warriors, 111-107, at the Toyota Center.
Yao scored the final nine points to carry the load for Houston, which has won five of six. Luther Head had 20 points and six assists in a winning effort, while Rafer Alston posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 assists.
McGrady was sidelined with flu-like symptoms. He is listed as day-to-day.
"Great effort by our guys, they're a tough team," said Rockets coach Rick Adelman. "They just keep coming at you. We stayed with it and made some big plays. Yao made some big plays."
Stephen Jackson dropped in 25 points and Baron Davis donated 21 for the Warriors, who had won seven of nine coming in.
"Yao was too much for us and we dug too big of a hole in the first quarter," said Warriors coach Don Nelson.
Earlier Tuesday, the Warriors announced forward Chris Webber, who started his NBA career with Golden State, is returning to the Warriors. Terms or length of the deal were not disclosed of Webber's contract, but a San Francisco newspaper reports Webber will receive the prorated veteran's minimum of $1.2 million, which amounts to a little less than $600,000 for the rest of the season.
Golden State trailed by double-digits for much of the game, and was down 83-72 heading into the final quarter. The Warriors clawed back into the game late, however, using a 7-0 run to make it a one-point contest with 2:55 on the clock.
Davis drained a three-pointer moments later to put Golden State up 102-101.
Yao, though, responded with a pair of free throws at the other end, then hit a jumper on the next trip down the floor for a 105-102 Rockets edge with 1:17 remaining. Yao scored the next four points for the Rockets as well, all from the charity stripe, to seal the win.
"We just tried to make some shots. My shot wasn't going at first. The thing with us, we try to stay confident the whole time," Golden State's Al Harrington said.
The Rockets jumped all over Golden State early, using an 11-0 spurt to establish a 23-6 lead. The advantage ballooned to 31-12 with 2:03 left following a pair of Yao free throws, but the Warriors finished the quarter strong to trim the deficit to 33-18 after 12 minutes of play.
The teams played to a virtual stalemate in the second, with Houston carrying a 60-46 edge into the break behind 16 points and 13 boards from Yao.
Golden State won the previous two meetings with Houston this season...Golden State is 14-11 as the visitor this season. The Warriors will visit Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena...Houston is 12-9 at home.
01/30 01:06:59 ET