"There was not one thing we did well enough to win," Houston
coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "That game had nothing to do with
The Rockets had been beaten the night before by the Los Angeles
Lakers and at least Yao acknowledged the second of back-to-back
games had taken something out of him.
"I was tired," Yao said. "The altitude made me even more
Anthony, who had only three field goals through three periods
kept the Nuggets ahead by double figures with four free throws
until Weatherspoon's layup made it 89-81. Denver never allowed the
Rockets any closer than nine points after Yao's two free throws cut
it to 101-94 with 2:06 left.
Camby converted two passes from Jon Barry into baskets between a
jumper by Mobley to make it 105-96. Earl Boykins sealed the game
with a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left.
The Nuggets led by as much as 81-63 after Barry's 3-pointer with
4:12 left. Jim Jackson hit a last second shot as Houston finished
the quarter with an 8-0 run to make it 85-75.
"The playoff race is going to change daily," Bzdelik said.
"Hopefully, we will keep winning and the changes will be in our
Houston's Steve Francis got up gingerly in the first
quarter after behind slammed to the floor by Anthony. ... The
Rockets are 11-6 on the second night of back-to-back games. ...
Houston is seventh in the Western Conference, three games ahead of
Denver and Portland. ... Anthony tore off his head band and threw
it toward the baseline after missing a layup in the second quarter.
... Barry will appeal the $7,500 fine he received for verbally
abusing officials in a March 27 loss at Utah. ... Denver's Voshon
Lenard missed his fourth game with sore ribs.