The poor shooting was contagious in Houston as the Pistons shot 36 percent from the field and the Rockets shot a mind-numbing 27 percent from the charity stripe in Houston’s 80-77 win. The Rockets started out just 1-for-15 from the line, but made five of their last seven to eke out the victory. Tracy McGrady led his club with 29 points, reports the AP. Around the Association:
- The Bobcats went on an 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter to overtake the Los Angeles Clippers. Emeka Okafor had a big night for Charlotte, recording 25 points and 16 rebounds.
- Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead Seattle to a 117-110 victory over New York. It was the fourth straight loss for the hapless Knicks.