Rockets Hold Off Sonics 79-66

McGrady carries Houston in victory to keep pace in Western Conference race
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 3:04 AM CDT
Houston Rockets' Aaron Brooks, center, fouls Seattle SuperSonics' Earl Watson (25) as he goes to the basket during the second half.    ((AP Photo/Jim Bryant))
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(Newser) – For the second straight night, Tracy McGrady carried the Houston Rockets in the second half of a game they couldn't afford to lose. McGrady scored 18 of his 25 points in the third quarter, and the Rockets kept pace in the wild Western Conference playoff race with a 79-66 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

The All-Star made four of his first five shots to start the third quarter, and his 15-foot jumper with 10:03 left gave Houston the lead for good. McGrady finished 11-of-27, missing four shots in the fourth quarter, but the Rockets stayed even with Phoenix in the battle for fifth in the Western Conference.