HOUSTON - Tracy McGrady scored 41 points and the Houston
Rockets stretched their winning streak to 18 games with a 106-96
victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
The Rockets have won their last nine games by double digits.
Houston has closed within one game of San Antonio in the Southwest
The Rockets have the NBA's longest winning streak since the Los
Angeles Lakers won 19 in a row in the 1999-2000 season. Houston
became the seventh team in history to win 18 or more consecutive
McGrady hit 17 of 27 shots, reaching 40 points for the fourth
time this season. The Rockets are 6-and-0 since Yao Ming went out
with a foot injury.
Chris Paul scored 37 points for the Hornets.