HOUSTON, Jan. 13 (Ticker) --
A night after the Houston Rockets scored a
season-high 124 points, they needed a career performance from
to overcome the New Jersey Nets.
Sura scored a career-high 35 points, including a key 3-pointer
in overtime, as Houston posted a 94-85 triumph over New Jersey.
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With Houston clinging to an 87-85 lead in overtime, Sura hit a
3-pointer with 1:02 to play, putting away the game. Sura scored
five points in the extra session and Juwan Howard
added eight of
his 12 overall.
Sura's previous high was 32 points against Orlando while with
Atlanta on April 2, 2004. His best outing as a Rocket was 24.
Sura hit 11-of-16 shots from the floor, including 6-of-7 from
the arc, and was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.
"He shot the heck out of the ball," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy
said. "Even if he misses, I admire his heart, his competitive
spirit, his will. You can't have enough guys like that."
Houston needed Sura's big effort as Yao Ming
and Tracy McGrady
had off nights. Yao tied a season low with six points and
McGrady added 18 but shot just 6-of-18.
"Tracy was hurting a little, Yao was struggling, I got going
early, made my first three and got on a roll," Sura said. "The
last 10 or 12 games, I've been playing pretty well."
"He was the wild card," New Jersey guard Jason Kidd
"That's why it's a team sport. Sura picked it up for Yao and
Tracy and made some really big shots."
Playing with a sore thigh, McGrady left the court near the end
of the third quarter but returned to play 10 minutes in the
fourth and the entire overtime.
"I went up for a jumper (in the third), came down and there was
pain on my left side," McGrady said. "Sometimes you've got to
suck it up for your team. I was pretty much a decoy. I really
didn't do anything. I just wanted to be solid on the defensive
"Right now, I don't think an MRI is necessary. I'll come in
(Friday) and get some treatment."
The Rockets shot a season-high 61 percent in Wednesday's win
over Dallas. In this one, they got off to a slow start, making
only one of their first eight shots and falling behind, 17-3,
with 6:02 to go in the first quarter.
New Jersey led, 19-12, after the first period, with Houston
scoring a season low for a quarter.
"Our starters clearly got off to a horrid, horrid start," Van
Gundy said. "But they bounced back."
The Rockets never led until David Wesley
converted a steal by
Sura into a fast break basket with 5:24 left in the third. It
was part of a 10-0 run in which Sura scored the other eight
points, giving Houston a 59-53 edge.
scored 17 points for New Jersey and Jason Kidd
nearly added a triple-double with 16 points, 10 boards and nine
assists. The duo shot a combined 13-of-39 while the Nets were
33-of-85 (39 percent) as a team.
"He's off the charts," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said of Kidd.
"He's just amazing. He wills his way around and he is one of a
The Rockets won their third in a row, while New Jersey lost for
the fifth time in the last six games.
"I feel horrible for our guys," Frank said. "They gave a