T-Mac's record game's all 62 points!
Tribute to tracy. Clips from clutchfans****
... almost 7, because one shot was counted as a 2 pointer but it's still spectacular, (including four in a row!)! Plus you can hear what he says about this game (interview). 60 videos posted so I thought about posting something 'special' and longer so enjoy :-) ** VS NUGGETS
Tracy McGrady Gettin His Swole On.
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A step or two over halfcourt, Rafer Alston saw Tracy McGrady headed to the hoop and let the ball fly. Hanging on the rim after his early fourth-quarter dunk pretty much sealed a victory, McGrady looked toward the Dallas Mavericks bench and smiled.
It was that kind of night for the Houston Rockets. Again.
McGrady had 31 points and nine assists and Alston added a season-high 24 points, helping the Rockets boost their franchise-best winning streak to 17 games with a 113-98 victory over the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
"We all believe, man," McGrady said. "When you've got a roster full of guys that really believe in themselves, great chemistry among the team, and we go out and play extremely hard every night, I'm not surprised."
Houston's streak -- which includes five straight wins since Yao Ming's season-ending foot injury -- is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.
The Rockets will try moving into a tie for fourth on the all-time list Saturday night at home against New Orleans, the next team they're trying to catch for a top-tier seed in the Western Conference. Houston already has gone from 24-20 to 41-20; the Hornets are 41-19.
"There is just a real confidence about the way they're playing," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "There's a trust in each other and it's just a pleasure to see. As a coach, it's just fun to watch a group of guys come together like they have and maintain this over such a period of time."
McGrady and Alston helped Houston break the game open in the third quarter.
After consecutive long jumpers by Dallas' Jason Kidd tied it at 55 early in the period, the Rockets answered with a 13-3 run. They pushed their lead to 19 on the Alston-to-McGrady alley-oop. A timeout followed and fans started streaming out with 8:42 left.
"They just outworked us -- to a man, every position," Mavericks guard Jason Terry said. "That's something we can't allow to happen. ... They're playing well together right now, but at the same time there's not a team we can't beat."
Josh Howard scored 21 points and Terry had 17 for Dallas, which lost its third straight and fourth in five games. The Mavs also had won 12 straight at home -- but this time they were without Nowitzki, who was serving a one-game suspension for a hard foul on Utah's Andrei Kirilenko.
Dallas' offense was out of whack without Nowitzki, and his team-best 23.6 points and 8.7 rebounds. His absence was especially obvious during the third-quarter meltdown, when the Mavericks kept looking for someone to get the ball to but instead kept turning it over. Dallas had seven turnovers in the period, leading to 12 points for Houston.
The Rockets -- who'd been 0-3 against the Mavs this season -- won by sharing the ball and by protecting it. As of midway through the fourth quarter, when victory was secure, Houston had 22 assists and four turnovers.
"The third quarter we were terrific, just controlled the tempo at both ends of the court," Adelman said. "We just have to continue on with the same attitude and same intensity every game."
Carl Landry scored 17 points, including 12 in the second quarter, and Luis Scola added 12 points and nine rebounds for Houston.
Jerry Stackhouse was the only other double-digit scorer for Dallas with 11. Kidd had seven points, six assists and six rebounds. Brandon Bass, who started in Nowitzki's place, had seven points.
Houston made its first five shots, then its first six in the second quarter. Dallas went through a 2-of-12 drought and other poor stretches, yet managed to go into halftime trailing only 52-50. The Mavericks were almost giddy on their way to the locker room because of the score and because Devean George closed the half by making a high-arching 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left.
Dallas fell to 4-5 since Kidd arrived. The only consolation is that all the losses were to teams ahead of the Mavs in the Western Conference. Up next for them: Five straight games against teams with losing records. The first four are at home, then they go to Miami to face the club with the league's worst record.
"I thought this would be a good night for us to rally," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "But we just didn't have that type of energy. They had it and we didn't. We have to get back to practicing, get better tomorrow."
The teams Houston tied with 17 straight wins: Dallas and Phoenix last season, San Antonio in 1995-96, Boston in 1959-60 and Washington in 1946-47. ... Dallas' last home loss was Dec. 27 against Cleveland. ... Adelman said his team was about to sign C Justin Williams to help fill the void created by Yao's absence. "I know one game he had, because he had it against us, he had something like 12 rebounds in a half," Adelman said.
Tracy McGrady said he didn't hold a grudge against Utah for last season's opening-round loss in the playoffs.
But what he said and how he played were quite different.
McGrady scored 47 points and the Rockets beat the Jazz 106-95 Thursday night, earning a little revenge for last season's playoffs, when Houston won the first two games but lost the series.
"It doesn't really mean anything. It's only the second game of the season," said McGrady, who was 17-for-27 from the floor.
The Rockets improved to 2-0 under new coach Rick Adelman, who wasn't with Houston for Utah's first-round comeback last spring.
McGrady was, and seemed to take it personally with his 42nd career 40-point game. He also had more help than he did in the postseason, when the Rockets basically counted on him and Yao Ming to beat the Jazz.
Mike James added 15 points -- two more than the Jazz reserves combined -- and Chuck Hayes had 13 rebounds for the Rockets.
"We feel like it's Game 8 for us," said Yao, referring to the seven-game series the Jazz rallied to win. "We wanted to get this win and start our new season."
Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur finished with 16 points and 10 boards, but after dominating the first quarter the Jazz tapered off in the second and never recovered.
Deron Williams had 18 points and 13 assists, and Ronnie Brewer scored 13 points for the Jazz, who led by 12 in the first quarter before McGrady took over the game.
Even with Yao on the bench with foul trouble and the Jazz knowing very well who was going to be getting the ball, Utah couldn't stop McGrady.
Inside, outside or at the foul line, McGrady carried the Rockets. He only missed 10 of his 27 field goal attempts and went 11-for-14 from the line. He also added four assists and four rebounds.
"This is the start of a new season. I'm just feeling good mentally, physically and having fun playing basketball with my new teammates and coaching staff," McGrady said. "This is a fun system to play in."
The Rockets forced 20 turnovers while committing just 12, and the Jazz didn't help themselves any by going 20-for-29 from the foul line.
"We tried to go one-on-one. Everyone tried to beat them by themselves," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We're not good enough to play that way."
Every time the Jazz made a run in the second half, McGrady stopped it. Okur hit a short jumper to get the Jazz within 89-82, but McGrady answered with a 3-pointer and did teammate Dikembe Mutombo's finger wag while backpedaling on defense. The "no, no, no" gesture seemed appropriate because the Jazz could not stop McGrady when they needed to all night.
"Tracy was just unbelievable," said Adelman, who inherited McGrady when he replaced former coach Jeff Van Gundy over the summer. "What I liked about him was he had a really good mix. He made jumpers, but he attacked the basket and went to the free throw line."
The Jazz, who were playing their home opener, got within five twice late in the fourth quarter, but no closer.
After Boozer cut the lead to 96-91, McGrady hit two free throws with 2:53 remaining, then Yao added a layup that cooled off Utah's comeback and quieted the fans.
Yao finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, for the Rockets, who play their home opener Saturday against Portland.
Houston's reserves outscored Utah's 30-13. ... McGrady scored 13 of Houston's 24 points in the first quarter. ... Boozer had a double-double by halftime with 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... Jazz rookies Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko were inactive for the second straight game.
The Houston Rockets made history Wednesday night. Now they can go back to trying to make the playoffs.
Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets won their franchise-record 16th game, beating Indiana 117-99.
The Rockets are 4-0 since losing Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture in his foot and have won 20 of their last 21 games, and own the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.
Houston is still clawing for a playoff spot in the tough Western conference and plays the division rival Mavericks in Dallas on Thursday night.
"It's great to have your name down in history," Rafer Alston said. "We are having some great regular-season success right now, but we know the big picture is getting it done in the postseason. You enjoy it for the moment, but you have to continue to prepare for every game."
The Rockets led by 17 at halftime, but two runs by Indiana in the third quarter got the Pacers within seven. Houston scored 11 of the last 13 points of the quarter to stretch the lead to 16 and the Pacers wouldn't threaten again.
It's Houston's seventh straight win by 10 points or more, which extends a franchise record.
"It's all about confidence," McGrady said. "We have great chemistry and guys know their roles here. We all are playing so well, we just can't really count on one guy."
All but two of McGrady's points came in the first half and he had six rebounds and five assists. Alston added 21 points and had seven assists.
"This was a big win for us, we were trying to make history," McGrady said on the court as red confetti rained down.
Houston used an 14-4 run in the first half of the fourth quarter to stretch its lead to 108-82 and send scores of fans streaming for the exits. That run included a one-handed dunk by Carl Landry that brought the crowd to its feet and ended with a long 3-pointer by Bobby Jackson.
Both teams played mostly backups after that.
Among the fans that stayed, several held signs, including one that said "Sweet 16, Go Rockets" with the 16 made out of glittering dark pink numbers.
Another sign read "Mavs, Here We Come." After Dallas on Thursday Houston hosts New Orleans Saturday.
"I think most of us are already focused on Dallas," Shane Battier said. "We know that this game, while significant, doesn't really guarantee us anything."
The Spurs were more than ready to play on Friday night, if only because getting through the game meant that they could start looking toward defending their championship.
"I think we had a lot of guys that are glad it's the last preseason game and that next week we kind of get the real thing started up," said Brent Barry, who scored 13 points in San Antonio's 99-92 victory over the Houston Rockets in an exhibition game. "I think that a lot of the veteran guys are ready to get it going."
Michael Finley had 16 points and Tim Duncan added 11 for the Spurs, who will kick off the regular season Tuesday with a ceremony honoring the team's NBA title and giving the players, 12 of who are returning from last season, their championship rings.
"It's a really special celebration on Tuesday, kind of the last big celebration we'll have from that season and getting our rings," Barry said. "So we certainly don't want to take that for granted. We want to enjoy that moment and then (coach Gregg Popovich is) going to remind us we have a game to play."
San Antonio is hosting the Greg Oden-less Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday as they start the quest for their first-ever repeat and fifth title in 10 seasons.
Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 21 points. Bonzi Wells added 13 and Yao Ming had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Luis Scola, whose rights were obtained from the Spurs over the summer, started and had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
The final preseason game provided one last chance for the teams to test rotations before the games start to count. Houston will open on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
"Well the best thing about this game is it was the last preseason game," said Houston's Shane Battier. "That's probably the best thing I can say about this game. No one got hurt and we're ready to move on after three good days of practice and start the season."
The Spurs rested Manu Ginobili and Bruce Bowen, while Duncan and Tony Parker played limited minutes on the second night of a back-to-back.
"This was just a good game for the team as whole," Finley said. "It just helped us get a workout in. Coach wanted us to take this challenge as a very intense practice, and that's what we did. I think we got a lot out of it."
Starter Steve Francis didn't play for Houston.
The absences let both teams take one more look at team hopefuls before Monday's roster deadline. The Spurs are down to 16, meaning they need to make one cut, while Houston listed 20 players.
"We just gotta get our defense better. They shot 51 percent for the whole game," McGrady said. "Most of the time, you let a team shoot over 50 percent you're going to lose those games and that's what happened tonight."
The Spurs were up 31-24 after the first quarter and extended their lead to as many as 14 in the second as Finley went 5-of-6 from the field, including two 3-pointers, for 12 points. His last basket of the period put the Spurs up 50-36 with 4:44 to go in the half. The Spurs finished 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Wells almost matched him, going 4-of-6 from the field, including two 3s, for 10 points in the quarter.
The Spurs led 54-48 at the break. Finley paced the Spurs with 14 points. McGrady had 13 for Houston.
"We missed a lot of shots, we missed a lot of lay-ups in the first half that we should have made," said new Rockets coach Rick Adelman. "Overall, you know, I guess if there's anything positive, it should be a good learning thing getting ready for the regular season coming up."
The Spurs kept a steady lead during the third quarter and were up by as many as 15.
Finley cooled, however, and Wells hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to bring the Rockets within 75-71 heading into the final period.
The Rockets threatened in the fourth, getting as close as 79-77 early, but the Spurs' reserves held the lead. Team hopeful Darius Washington had six points in the quarter.
Three other Spurs scored in the double digits. Matt Bonner had 12 points, Washington had 11 and Francisco Elson had 10.
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T-Mac hittin' the 3pt with 2 seconds to go...Lookin' so easy for him.
Slam Dunk by the all-star vs. Nets!