HOUSTON (AP) -- Bob Sura wouldn't say that it was special to play
his former team, but it certainly looked like it.
Sura had 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds -- just
missing his third career triple-double -- and the Houston Rockets
defeated the Golden State Warriors 100-83 on Friday night.
"It wasn't a big deal playing against them," Sura said after
recording season highs for points and assists and tying his season
best in rebounding. "We're just trying to get to .500, and we're
on the verge."
Sura, who missed the first 14 games of this season following
back surgery, had 17 points at the half on 7-of-7 shooting as
Houston (11-12) took a 55-39 lead. It was the most points by the
Rockets in a first half this season. Their 29 second-quarter points
also were a season best.
"That's the way Bobby plays at his best and when he does that,
we're at our best," said Tracy McGrady who led the Rockets with 27
points and had nine rebounds. "He set the tempo and the tone for
the game. It carried over to his defense. It's fun to play that way
when you get stops and transition baskets. He made the right plays
for the team."
"He was amazing," Taylor said of Sura. "He set the tone for
the whole game in the first quarter. The fast-break points we got
were all because of him. He pressured on defense and pushed on the
offense. We get easy baskets when he pushes the ball like that."
Sura, who played for the Warriors from 2000-03, might have
completed the triple-double but he sat out nine minutes of the
second half with the Rockets leading by as many as 23. Sura was
aware of the near miss, but didn't mind.
"A couple of people whispered it to me, but I was pretty tired
at the end and I really didn't want to go back in," he said. "I
wanted to rest for (Saturday) night."
The Warriors were impressed.
"Sura is a really good player," said Jason Richardson, who led
the Warriors with 25 points. "He had a lot of adrenaline and
energy and you could tell he really wanted to do his best against
some of his old teammates."
Coach Mike Montgomery wasn't pleased with the Warriors'
"We can't keep playing like that and expect to win in this
league," Montgomery said. "Our shooting percentage stands out (33
percent) and we have to shoot better and get better ball movement.
"Yao Ming changed a lot of things inside, and Sura had a heck
of a game."
Yao had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. Houston, 27th
in the NBA in rebounding, had a season-high 56.
Troy Murphy added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors.
Golden State is 2-9 on the road. ... The Rockets finished
5-1 on their season-high, six-game homestand. ... No player has had
a triple-double in the Toyota Center. ... The last Houston
triple-double was by Steve Francis on March 21, 2003, against
Golden State. ... Yao's double-double was his team-leading eighth
of the season.