NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 26th (All times eastern)
Houston Rockets (17-12) at New Jersey Nets (2-27), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets have a good chance at extending their winning streak over the New Jersey Nets, as the two teams collide Saturday night at the IZOD Center.
Houston has won six straight, nine of 10 and 11 of the last 14 contests against the Nets, who have lost six in a row as the host in this series.
The Rockets had their three-game winning streak come to an end with Wednesday's 102-87 loss against Orlando in the opener of a three-game road trip at Amway Arena. Carl Landry scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to pace the Rockets, who are 9-8 on the road and will also visit Cleveland on the trek.
Aaron Brooks added 17 points and Luis Scola netted 14 with five rebounds in a losing effort.
"When they get it going it's difficult," Scola said of the Magic. "They're a pretty good team. They won't let you come back a lot of times."
New Jersey has lost eight in a row to fall to 2-27 this season and is coming off Wednesday's 103-99 loss versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Devin Harris registered 23 points and eight assists, while Courtney Lee chipped in 20 points for the lowly Nets, who were outscored 56-30 in the paint. Brook Lopez ended with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
"It's rough because we definitely played well for the majority of the game and came up short," Lopez said. "There was some miscommunication at the end that cost us."
The Nets will also host the Thunder, Knicks, Cavs and Bucks on the residency, and are 1-11 at home this season. In injury news for New Jersey, guard Rafer Alston (back) is probable for Saturday and forward Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) is expected to miss tonight's game.
12/26 10:38:46 ET