A night after scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a
win over Dallas, Luol Deng managed just seven points and three
Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy credited David Wesley with sparking
Houston's defensive effort.
"I'm trying to devise a defense where Wesley can guard
everybody on the perimeter," Van Gundy said. "If I come up with
that I know we'll be good defensively. He set a great tone for us
McGrady was just 7-of-17 from the field, but was 9-of-12 from
the line and had nine assists.
Wesley scored 13, Juwan Howard had 12 and Sura added 10 for the
The Rockets trailed 29-28 after the first quarter, but outscored
Chicago 15-0 in the first 6 minutes of the second, fueled by
3-pointers by Wesley and Jon Barry. It was a lead the Rockets would
"I thought we had no problem on offense," Yao said. "But to
let them score 29 points in the first quarter, that's pretty bad.
We definitely need to be better on defense and rebounding the
^Notes:@ Rockets backup guard Rod Strickland left the game in
the second quarter with a strained left quad and did not return.
...Houston forward Maurice Taylor, who's been on the injured list
since Jan. 18, was not in his usual spot on the bench for Wednesday
night's game. Taylor was initially placed on the list with the flu
but remains there with plantar facitis. He was averaging 7.8 points
and 4.3 rebounds in 38 games, including 16 starts. ... Chicago's
point total was its lowest in 10 games. ... Chandler became the
first Rockets opponent to grab 20 rebounds since Kevin Willis did
it on April 10, 2001.