The Houston Rockets are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA right now.
Last night, the Rockets beat the Miami Heat 112-100 for their 10th straight victory and their 14th win in 15 games.
Tracy McGrady who scored 23 points and had 10 assists, and Yao Ming who put in 21, both led the Rockets to victory.
The Rockets played without a few familiar faces as they made a couple deals before the NBA deadline yesterday. The Rockets sent Mike James and Bonzi Wells to the New Orleans Hornets for Bob Jackson and Adam Haluska. The Rockets also traded Kirk Snyder to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Gerald Green.
“We lost a couple of guys that were well-liked around here, well-liked in the locker room.” Rafer Alston said. “That’s the business side of basketball, but you’ve got to go out there and play.”
The Miami Heat, who have the NBA’s worst record, were led by Dwyane Wade who scored a game-high 33 points and Shawn Marion who scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Last night was Marion’s fourth game as a Heat since being dealt for Shaquille O’Neal. All night long the Heat showed why they are the worst team in the NBA as they played horrible defense and at times looking completely uninspired.
Coach Pat Riley was watching a different game, I think.
“We got off to a real bad start.” Riley said. “They were really hyped up and really prepared to play. We made a good run but we were constantly climbing up a hill all game.”