NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 17th (All times eastern)
Houston Rockets (20-17) at Memphis Grizzlies (20-18), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red hot Houston Rockets go for their season-high fifth consecutive victory tonight, when they battle the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
Houston kept its hot streak alive on Saturday, tallying a 73-67 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Tracy McGrady scored 28 points to lead the Rockets to the win. McGrady added five rebounds, four assists and four steals for Houston, which won despite shooting just 33 percent in the game.
Yao Ming was the only other Rocket in double figures with 13 points. Dikembe Mutombo added a season-high 15 rebounds off the bench, while Ming secured eight boards in the victory. Houston outrebounded the Spurs, 49-39, in the contest.
The Rockets have won eight of their last 10 at home. However, the Rockets have tallied just a 7-9 road record.
The 73 points is a new low for a Rockets victory. The 58 combined first-half points is the second-fewest in a first half this year, and the fifth fewest since the shot clock was introduced.
Houston's four-game win streak has gotten it three games over .500 for the first time this season. The Rockets haven't won five consecutive games since March 5-13 last year.
Memphis has been equally as hot, winning eight of nine and 11 of its last 14 games. The Grizzlies have won their last two tilts, including a 101-82 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday.
Jason Williams scored a team-high 25 points, including a season-high seven three-pointers, to lead the Grizzlies to the win. In addition to handing out a game-high eight assists, Williams hit 9-of-17 field goals attempts.
Pau Gasol contributed 22 points and eight rebounds to help Memphis, which set a franchise record with 13 three-pointers.
Bonzi Wells added 21 points on off the bench while James Posey chipped in with 14 points as the Grizzlies improved to 12-8 at home. Memphis is closing out a two-game homestand tonight.
Houston has won two straight and three of the last four meetings in this series. The Rockets have beat Memphis twice this season, winning 89-81 at FedExForum on November 5.
01/17 10:09:56 ET