Rockets Look To Keep Win Streak Alive After Rout Of Sixers

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: March 19, 2007

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets continue to solidify their playoff position putting on their most dominant performance of the season, with Sunday’s 124-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

The 50-point margin of victory over the Sixers was the largest ever on the road in Rockets history and the worst home loss ever for the 76ers.

It was also the Rockets’ second-largest margin of victory in franchise history, falling just short of a 139-87 win over the New Jersey Nets on Oct. 18, 1978.

Philadelphia, who shot 48 percent in their previous 13 games, made just 33.8 percent of their attempts, their worst shooting game of the season.

The Sixers eight points and 10 total assists were the fewest the Rockets have allowed in a game this season. It was Philly’s largest margin of defeat since a 149-93 loss at Seattle on March 6, 1993.

“Everything we needed to do, we did it,” Rockets forward Tracy McGrady stated. “We established our defense right away and set the tone and never looked backed.”

Houston also set a season-high connecting on 49 field goals. Leading by 19-points at halftime, the Rockets outscored the Sixers 34-16 in the third quarter to increase the blowout.

Yao Ming had 24 points and 10 rebounds. McGrady added 21 points and eight assists. Forwards Chuck Hayes and Juwan Howard added 12 and 11 points respectively.

“The most important thing is that we controlled the boards the whole game,” Hayes said. The Rockets outrebounded the Sixers by 18 and outscored them 20-5 in second-chance points.

Hayes and Howard pulled down 13 and 10 rebounds each.

The Rockets returned home Tuesday night to face the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in a two-game home stand, before traveling next Sunday to play the New Orleans Hornets.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rockets defeated Indiana 86-76 Tuesday night behind 32 points and 14 rebounds from Yao Ming.