Houston Rockets Stops 6 Game Losing Streak
3/24/2006 Houston-- Even with their chances of making the playoffs diminishing, Yao Ming and Rafer Alston haven't given up on the Houston Rockets' season.
Yao and Alston each scored 22 points, carrying the Rockets in the closing minutes of a 93-92 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night that snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Hornets erased a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and took an 84-83 lead on David West's right-handed fast-break jam, but Alston answered with buzzer-beating jumpers on back-to-back possession as Houston scored the next eight points. New Orleans' Chris Paul hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3.6 seconds left and Rasual Butler took advantage of a stolen inbounds pass by West with another 3 at the buzzer to create the final one-point margin.
The Rockets picked up their first win in 14 games against Southwest Division foes this season. They were the last NBA team to win a divisional game.
Juwan Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Keith Bogans added 14 points for Houston, which is 3-19 this season without Tracy McGrady. The Rockets are the 11th place team in the West, 4 1/2 games behind Sacramento.