HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets' 21st consecutive victory gave them the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and a share of first place in the Western Conference. Tracy McGrady scored 30 points and the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-80.
That breaks a tie with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the
second-best victory streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Los
Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row, had a longer streak.
Rafer Alston added 17 and Shane Battier had 12 points and nine
rebounds for Houston, now 9-0 since Yao Ming's season-ending foot
The win also sets up Sunday's showdown with the current Lakers
at the Toyota Center. They're both 45-and-20, the best records in
the West. Houston has won 14 straight at home.
When the buzzer sounded, red streamers rained down as the crowd
started chanting "M-V-P!" for McGrady.
Jason Richardson scored 28 points and Emeka Okafor added 23 for
the Bobcats, who've lost five in a row to Houston.