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McGrady’s 47 Points Lead Houston to Second Straight Win

McGrady’s 47 Points Lead Houston to Second Straight Win

Posted November. 03, 2007 09:09,   


Houston’s prolific scorer Tracy McGrady led the Rockets to its second victory in as many games, scoring an NBA season-high in points with 47 against the Utah Jazz.

The night’s victory against Utah was far from an outright given, especially with All-Star center Yao Ming (229 cm) limited to seven minutes of action in the first half due to early foul trouble.

McGrady more than ably filled the void of Yao, letting his perimeter jumpers rain down for 26 points in the first half.

Utah sent defensive stalwarts Andrei Kirilenko and Ronnie Brewer to slow down the hot-handed McGrady, to little avail. In the second half, McGrady picked up right where he left off, racking up 21 more points.

Yao Ming shook off his foul troubles to post 11 points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots in the second half, while point-guard Mike James had a solid 15 points and seven assists.

Utah’s Carlos Boozer (30pts, 16reb) and Deron Williams (8pts, 13 asst) could not mount a rally sufficient to change the momentum of the Rockets.

Another favorite to win it all this year, the Phoenix Suns, took their second straight win last night as well. A strong performance by Amaré Stoudemire (23pts, 11reb) and Seattle’s momentary lapses combined for the Suns’ 106-97 victory over the Supersonics.

Stoudemire and Shawn Marion were a double All-Star presence in the low post, but Seattle rookie, Kevin Durant, made the game close.

Durant scored 11 points in the first two quarters, forcing Phoenix to head into the locker room trailing by three points at the half. In the second half, Phoenix trailed by nine points with a minute to go in the 3rd quarter.

Marcus Banks’ three straight 3-pointers tied the score at 82, and ensuing turnovers by the same rookie, Durant, led to a series of Phoenix runs that eventually sealed their victory.

Durant finished the game with 27 points and five rebounds, but also had six turnovers.