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Friday, March 14th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (24-40) at Houston Rockets (44-20), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets attempt to make it 21 wins in a row, as they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats tonight to the Toyota Center.

The Rockets tied the second-longest winning streak in NBA history by recording their franchise-record 20th win in a row with a hard-fought 83-75 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at Philips Arena. Tracy McGrady scored 28 points to keep the streak intact.

Shane Battier netted 15 points, while Chuck Hayes contributed eight points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Rockets, who haven't lost since January 27 at home to Utah.

The Rockets are the first team since the 1970-1971 Milwaukee Bucks to win 20 straight contests. The longest streak is 33 by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1971-72 campaign.

Houston is also an impressive 8-0 since it was learned that All-Star center Yao Ming will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. It has also won 12 straight on the road.

The Rockets, who have captured 13 in a row at home, are 24-9 on their homecourt this season. They will host superstar Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at the Toyota Center.

Charlotte plays the third of a six-game road trip tonight and is 1-1 on the swing. On Wednesday, reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks never trailed en route to a 118-93 dismantling of the Bobcats at American Airlines Center.

Raymond Felton scored 21 points in the loss for the Bobcats, who had their franchise-record five-game winning streak halted. Gerald Wallace added 14 points in his return to the lineup after missing eight games due to a concussion, while Matt Carroll also netted 14 -- including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

The Bobcats are 6-23 on the road this season. They will also visit Cleveland, Memphis and Indiana on the current swing.

Houston has won four straight after losing three first three encounters with the Bobcats. Charlotte has dropped two straight at the Rockets.

03/14 11:03:37 ET


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