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Sunday, November 5th (All times eastern)

Houston Rockets (1-1) at New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try to stay undefeated, as they welcome the Houston Rockets tonight to New Orleans Arena for their home opener.

The Hornets are scheduled to play six games in New Orleans during the 2006-07 campaign. New Orleans/Oklahoma City will host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at the Ford Center in the first of a home-and-home set.

On Friday, David West scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 16, as the Hornets rallied to beat the Pacers, 100-91, in Indiana's home opener at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City came back from a five-point deficit at the start of the frame to remain unbeaten through two games.

Desmond Mason and Jannero Pargo both tallied 10 points for the Hornets, who won despite shooting just 3-of-14 from three-point range. Tyson Chandler had 15 rebounds in the win as the Hornets dominated the glass by a 53-34 count.

Peja Stojakovic, who was traded to the Hornets by the Pacers in a sign-and- trade deal during the offseason, finished with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field.

The Hornets were 24-17 as the host in 2005-06.

Houston tries to win its second straight contest, as it plays the first of a three-game road trip. On Saturday, Yao Ming poured in 36 points to lead the Rockets to a convincing 107-76 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the Toyota Center.

Yao drained a turnaround jumper and hit a layup to cap 12 straight points to open the game for the Rockets, who snapped a four-game skid to the Mavericks and beat Dallas for just the fifth time in the last 20 meetings.

Luther Head added 17 points and Rafer Alston ended with 14 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists for the Rockets in their home opener.

The Rockets, who are 0-1 on the road this season, will visit Memphis on Tuesday and Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Last season, the Hornets won three of four from Houston. The Rockets have won six of their last eight at the Hornets.

11/05 10:51:09 ET


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