Led by 25 points from McGrady, the Houston Rockets scored a
season-high 22 fast-break points in a 99-80 win over Utah on
"That's the kind of basketball I like to play, to get out and
run on transition and forget about plays," McGrady said. "We're a
faster team now. We're not so much walking the ball up the floor.
We're pushing the ball.
"Tonight we were spreading the ball out on the perimeter and
opening up great shots for me. I'm having a lot of fun and we can't
Bob Sura tied season-highs with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five
steals, helping Houston to its third straight victory and its 10th
win in 14 games.
Early in the third quarter, Houston went on an 23-4 run that
included four three-point plays, two by Yao Ming and one each by
Sura and Juwan Howard.
"We definitely need a third scorer to step up, other than Tracy
and Yao," Sura said. "Tonight it was me. The big thing was our
defense and our transition game."
Gordon Giricek had 15 points to lead five double-figure scorers
for the Jazz, who lost their fifth straight. Utah coach Jerry Sloan
was impressed by Sura but unhappy with his team's effort.
"Sura played a terrific game," Sloan said. "To get 10
rebounds as a guard is something. We stood around and watched the
ball bounce two or three times and then said, 'Whoops, we should
Matt Harpring had 12 points and three rebounds for Utah (11-20),
which is in last place in the Northwest Division.
"I've never been in this situation, in a losing streak like
this," Harpring said. "You've got to be mentally tough and fight
through it. But tonight, I didn't do a good job. I need to fight
After six lead changes and seven ties in the first quarter,
Houston went on an 8-0 run at the end of the period to finish with
a 26-23 lead. McGrady had 10, including a 3 at the buzzer.
Utah scored the first seven points of the second quarter, but
Sura brought the Rockets back by scoring seven points in a 9-2 run
to take a 35-32 lead.
Giricek scored 11 in the first half to stake the Jazz to a 46-44
The win put Houston over the .500 mark (16-15) for only the
second time this season. The first was at 3-2 on Nov. 9.