NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 6th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (24-20) at Houston Rockets (27-21), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets go for their fourth straight victory this afternoon, as they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the Toyota Center.
This is the third contest of the season between the clubs. In the two previous games, the Lakers picked up a pair of victories, winning once at home and once at the Toyota Center. The Rockets are scheduled to visit the Lakers on April 7th in the final meeting of the season between the teams.
The Lakers have won four straight and six of the last eight contests in this series. Houston has lost two straight and eight of its last 10 at the Lakers.
Houston returns home for two games after going 3-1 on a four-game road trip. The Rockets will host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
Tracy McGrady had 18 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Rockets won their third straight game, a 119-113 victory on Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves. McGrady added 13 rebounds, while Yao Ming collected 23 points and 14 rebounds for Houston.
McGrady is averaging 37 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in is last two games. He has scored 20 or more points in 24 of his last 26 contests.
The Rockets are 14-10 at home this season. Houston has lost two of its last three as the visitor.
Los Angeles starts a five-game road trip today. The Lakers will also visit the Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers on the swing.
The Lakers play their second game since former head coach Rudy Tomjanovich officially resigned on Wednesday. Interim head coach Frank Hamblen took over for Tomjanovich, who stepped down after a few days of rumors that he would bow out due to health concerns.
On Thursday, Tony Parker scored 22 points and Tim Duncan shook off an early knee injury to finish with 17, as the San Antonio Spurs downed the Lakers, 103-91, at Staples Center. Lamar Odom led the way for the Lakers with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Chucky Atkins added 18 points in Thursday's loss for Los Angeles, which has dropped four of its last six overall. Caron Butler finished with 14 points in the losing effort.
LA is 7-10 on the road this season. The Lakers have lost four of their last six as the visitor.
02/06 10:11:41 ET