Rockets top Magic

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tracy McGrady showed his former team what he can do with some help.

Playing in Orlando for the first time since a bitter parting last summer, McGrady scored 27 points to lead a balanced offense and the Houston Rockets beat the Magic 108-99 on Thursday night.

Yao Ming added 20 points, and Bob Sura had 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. David Wesley scored 18, and Juwan Howard 13.

Mavericks 99, Clippers 77

DALLAS — Jason Terry scored 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter, when Dallas went ahead to stay against suddenly struggling Los Angeles.

With Avery Johnson coaching while Don Nelson missed his first game after shoulder surgery, the Mavericks went on a 14-6 run over the final 3:44 of the third quarter. Terry had half the points in the game-turning stretch.

Los Angeles has lost four straight and six of eight. The Clippers (18-21) are three games under .500 for the first time this season.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 28 points. Josh Howard added 13 points and Erick Dampier had 11 rebounds.

Kings 123, Cavaliers 96

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mike Bibby had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the second triple-double of his career, and Sacramento shut down LeBron James in its sixth straight victory.

Chris Webber had 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who streaked to a big lead in the third quarter with an impressive exhibition of passing. Sacramento took control with a 16-5 run early in the third quarter.

, with each basket seemingly resulting from an excellent pass or an eye-catching steal.

Peja Stojakovic scored 19 points and Cuttino Mobley had 18, while Brad Miller added 16 on 7-of-7 shooting. With Bibby leading the way, Sacramento racked up 34 assists and just eight turnovers in its highest-scoring game of the season.

One night after becoming the youngest player in NBA history to get a triple-double, James had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists while disappearing for long stretches. Drew Gooden scored 17 for the Cavaliers, who lost guard Jeff McInnis in the fourth quarter with an apparent foot injury.

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