HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The Houston Rockets have a chance to match
their longest winning streak in six years Tuesday when they host
the Seattle SuperSonics at the Toyota Center.
With eight wins in a row, the Rockets are one win from tying a
nine-game run accomplished in 1999.
The surge has launched Houston into sixth place in the Western
Four of the wins have come at home, including a 123-93 rout of
the Washington Wizards on February 15. It marked the Rockets'
largest margin of victory this season.
Houston's two All-Stars, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, led the
charge in that triumph.
McGrady scored 34 points and had nine assists and Yao chipped in
23 points. The pair combined to shoot 69 percent (25-of-36).
McGrady and Yao combined for 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10
assists in the Western Conference's 125-115 loss in Sunday's
After a five-game winning streak, the Sonics dropped a pair of
games heading into the break, both at home.
Ray Allen led five players in double figures with 26 points but
Seattle dropped a 117-110 decision to the Golden State Warriors
on Wednesday. The Warriors scoring output represented the
second-highest for a Sonics opponent at KeyArena this season.
Allen led the West squad with 17 points in the All-Star Game
while teammate Rashard Lewis chipped in a basket and four
Seattle has won or split the season series between the two teams
in each of the last five seasons. Tuesday's meeting marks the
first of four over the next 57 days.