With All-Star center Yao Ming sidelined, the Houston Rockets have used team-oriented basketball to keep on winning.

The Rockets look for another solid overall effort on Wednesday and try for their fourth straight win when they host a Seattle SuperSonics team that hasn't won a road game in more than two months.

Instead of collapsing after Yao cracked his right tibia in a home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 23, Houston (28-16) has rallied to win 12 of 17 games.

"We're just trying to concentrate on playing good basketball, with a good level of physical and mental energy,'' coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

The Rockets had a season-high 31 assists in their 105-84 victory over Philadelphia on Monday. They led by 24 at halftime and 38 after three quarters, before resting their starters in the final period.

Houston has held its last three opponents to 85 points or fewer.

"We're working on being a great team,'' said point guard Rafer Alston, who had 12 points and nine assists against the 76ers. "When Yao Ming gets back, that could tell it all, how good we are and are we going to go from good to great.''

Houston has been one of the league's best teams at home, going 15-5 on the season and winning seven of its last nine games at the Toyota Center.

The SuperSonics (17-28), meanwhile, have been dreadful away from KeyArena, posting the second-worst road record in the league at 4-17.

Seattle lost at Dallas 122-102 on Tuesday to match a single-season club record with its 13th consecutive road defeat. The Sonics haven't won a game away from home since Nov. 22, a 95-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Seattle trailed Dallas just 85-80 heading into the fourth quarter on Monday, but was outscored 37-22 in the final period.

"We really pressed them,'' Sonics coach Bob Hill said. "It was a five-point game but we couldn't sustain it in the fourth quarter.''

Ray Allen had 35 points - 19 in the first half - against the Mavericks, and is averaging 32.4 points over his last seven games.

Houston defeated the Sonics 103-96 at the Toyota Center on Jan. 3, and has dominated them during a four-game home win streak in the series, outscoring Seattle by an average of 21.5 points in those meetings.

The Rockets have also won seven of their last eight games versus Seattle overall.

Tracy McGrady missed three of those games due to injuries, but is averaging 34.8 points in the five matchups where he did play, with 30 points or more each time.

McGrady, who scored 25 points before sitting out the fourth quarter on Monday, is averaging 32.7 points and 6.5 assists in his last six games.


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