TROY MURPHY
Continued his strong play since the All-Star break, racking up 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, hitting 6-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 17:27 -21 David Harrison -12:00 -2
Travis Diener 26:14 -8 Troy Murphy 30:56 -6
Ike Diogu 7:40 +5 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 31:43 -6 Andre Owens 7:25 +5
Jeff Foster 23:41 -13 Kareem Rush 20:12 -20
Stephen Graham 9:20 0 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 31:36 -14 Shawne Williams DNP ---
Flip Murray 21:46 -13
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Rockets 44, Pacers 34
  • Fast-break points: Rockets 14, Pacers 12
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 19, Rockets 16
  • Points off turnovers: Rockets 22, Pacers 16
  • Starters scoring: Rockets 68, Pacers 64
  • Bench scoring: Rockets 49, Pacers 35
  • The Pacers hit 13-of-22 (.591) from the 3-point line but just 24-of-65 (.369) inside the arc.
    Out of the frying pan … the Pacers travel to San Antonio to challenge the Spurs' 10-game winning streak Thursday (8 p.m., FSN -Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Houston 117, Indiana 99
    Rolling Rockets flatten Pacers

    At Houston | March 5, 2008


    Yao? Yo.

    A season-ending injury to All-Star center Yao Ming hasn't stopped the Rockets and neither could the Pacers.

    With Tracy McGrady dominating the first half and a variety of players chipping in throughout the second, Houston set a franchise record with its 16th consecutive victory by routing the Pacers 117-99 Wednesday night in Toyota Center. The Rockets (40-20) have gone 4-0 since the left foot injury to Yao, winning by an average margin of 19.5 points.

    The Pacers (24-37) had a two-game winning streak snapped and face another hot team on the road Thursday night in San Antonio, as the Spurs have won 10 in a row.

    "They are a really good basketball team and we didn't have it," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "They are a much quicker basketball team than we are. McGrady got them started and then their momentum became a snowball effect. They are a better basketball team by a large margin."

    Houston blew the game open with two big runs in the second period. The first, a 15-0 burst that put the home team up 51-36, was produced entirely by reserves. The second, a 15-3 spurt that stretched it to 66-43, was almost all McGrady, who scored 12, including three 3-pointers.

    McGrady scored 23 of his game-high 25 in the first half but missed all five of his attempts in the third period when the Pacers tried to rally. A 19-4 run bridging intermission cut the deficit to 70-62 and with Danny Granger – who struggled through a 2-of-10 first half – finding his rhythm to score 12 of his 17 in the third, the Pacers got as close as 83-76 on Mike Dunleavy's 3-pointer late in the period.

    But Luis Scola scored all 13 of his points in the third quarter to keep the Pacers at arm's length and Carl Landry again stepped up against the Pacers, scoring eight of his 13 points in a decisive 22-4 run that made it 105-80 midway through the fourth. During that final run, the Pacers managed just two baskets in a span of 8½ minutes.

    "They're playing really well," said Troy Murphy. "I think the league anticipated a dropoff when Yao went out, but it never happened. They are playing as well as any team in this league right now."

    Murphy had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Pacers. Granger had 17 with four assists but shot 7-of-19. Flip Murray scored 14 with five rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench in his second game with Indiana. Coming off consecutive 36-point games, Dunleavy was held to 13. Travis Diener scored 11.

    McGrady's 25 led the Rockets, with Rafer Alston adding 21 with seven assists. Luther Head came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and score 14, while Landry had 13 points and seven rebounds and Chuck Hayes nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists. The Rockets racked up 49 bench points.

    "I don't care what level you're on: to win 16 in a row says a lot about your team, the character of the guys in the locker room and the coaching staff, how hard we work and how hard we prepare day-in and day-out," Alston said.


    COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (on the game) "They are a really good basketball team, and we didn't have it. They are a much quicker basketball team than we are. McGrady got them started and then their momentum became a snowball effect. They are a better basketball team by a large margin."
    (on Shane Battier's defensive value) "Whenever you have a defensive stopper that consistently plays at the level he does, it is invaluable to a team. He limits the touches of the man he guards and he is a great complement to have alongside McGrady."
    FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    (on Shane Battier's defense) "He is a terrific defender both in the team concept and individually. He studies his opponents and knows their tendencies and what to take advantage of. It's a crime he hasn't made the All-NBA Defensive Team, and he really deserves the recognition."
    (on the game) "We gave up too many points in the paint, and too many easy baskets. You have to give Houston a lot of credit; they do a great job defensively, but we have to find a way to do better."
    FORWARD TROY MURPHY
    (on the Rockets' play) "They're playing really well. I think the league anticipated a drop-off when Yao went out, but it never happened. They are playing as well as any team in this league right now. It takes time, and they have figured out exactly what Coach Adelman wants them to do. He's had great success in this league, and he puts guys in positions to be successful."
    GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
    (on his team's play) "We didn't play well defensively. We made a run in the second half, but we just ran out of juice.
    (on the Rockets) "They are going to be very tough to beat, even without Yao. Alston played well and hit some tough shots. You don't win 16 games in a row without great point guard play."