NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Houston
(Sunday, February 24th)
Final Score: Houston 110, Chicago 97
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and doled out eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets in a 110-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Toyota Center.
Luis Scola scored 17 points for the Rockets, who won their 12th contest in a row. Rafer Alston totaled 13 points and Yao Ming 12, while Shane Battier notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Tyrus Thomas netted 18 points for the Bulls, who have lost four of their last six. Andres Nocioni ended with 12 points and Thabo Sefolosha added 11.
Chicago was active in the trade market prior to Thursday's deadline, pulling off a three-team, 11-player deal with Cleveland and Seattle. Chicago sent four-time All-Star Ben Wallace and veteran forward Joe Smith to the Cavaliers as part of the deal, which landed the Bulls a pair of notable performers in guard Larry Hughes and forward Drew Gooden.
Gooden and Hughes both made their Bulls debuts in the game. Hughes contributed 13 points, while Gooden notched 12 points and eight boards in the losing effort.
"I really like this team and the energy we play with," Hughes said. "We have some new guys and we need to figure things out. I like everything about this team and it is going to be a lot of fun playing here."
Chicago also acquired youngsters Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown from Cleveland and shipped forward Adrian Griffin to Seattle in the trade.
Houston was ahead 20-18 after the first frame and 49-46 at the half.
The teams exchanged baskets and an Alston trey, followed by a Scola layup, extended the Rockets' lead to 61-54 just prior to the 7 1/2 minute mark.
Houston's lead fluctuated around eight and the Rockets would eventually take a 77-68 cushion into the final 12 minutes of play.
A Bobby Jackson three-point play opened a 10-point, 84-74, Houston lead with 9:36 left in regulation.
Moments later, a McGrady bucket, followed by a Jackson three-ball, opened a 92-78 lead for the Rockets.
Houston held a double-digit lead that escalated to as many as 19 on a Jackson three as the Bulls never challenged the rest of the way.
Jackson tallied 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
"I'm happy to be in a great situation," Jackson said. "This is a great group of guys. I know what I've got to do. I just have to go out there and play basketball."
Houston has won five straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Bulls. It has won seven straight and nine of its last 10 home games. The Rockets have won 16 of their last 17 games...The Bulls hit 13-of-14 from the foul line, as the Rockets were only 17-of-31 from the stripe.
02/24 23:34:30 ET