McGrady Scores 19 As Houston Beats Nets 91-73

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HOUSTON -- Tracy McGrady scored 19 points in less than three
quarters and the Houston Rockets routed cold-shooting New Jersey
91-73 for their 19th straight win. That ties the third-longest
winning streak in NBA history.

Rafer Alston and Luis Scola had 12 points apiece for the
Rockets, who've won 23 of their last 24 games and 28 of their last
31. Houston also improved to 7-0 since Yao Ming's season-ending
foot injury.

Houston won its 10th straight game by double digits, tying an
NBA record last set by the Nets in 2004. The Rockets also won their
13th straight at the Toyota Center.

Most importantly, the Rockets closed within one game of the Los
Angeles Lakers for the top seed in the Western Conference. The
Lakers play in Houston on Sunday, but the hype for that showdown
can wait.

Houston can match the second-longest victory streak in NBA
history with a win in Atlanta on Wednesday night. The Milwaukee
Bucks won 20 in a row during the 1970-71 season.

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