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Rockets Throttle the Kings

Associated Press
Monday, March 14, 2005; Page D05

Now that Houston has surrounded Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming with talented perimeter shooters, the Rockets have become an offensive juggernaut.

David Wesley scored 21 points, Mike James added 20, and the visiting Rockets outshot the Sacramento Kings to win their fourth straight game against a top Western Conference team, 111-96, yesterday.

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McGrady led the Rockets with 22 points and Yao added 17 as Houston ended an 11-game losing streak in Sacramento.

"We put some points up on the board because we're doing a great job of sharing the ball," McGrady said. "We've got guys who can flat out shoot the ball. When those guys are shooting, it opens it up a lot for Yao."

After starting the season 12-14, the Rockets have made three key acquisitions, trading for Jon Barry, Wesley and James. Houston is 25-11 since getting Barry on Dec. 23 from Atlanta.

Houston's last four wins have come against four of the best five teams in the Western Conference -- Dallas, Seattle, Phoenix and Sacramento.

Peja Stojakovic had 21 points and Cuttino Mobley added 20 as the Kings had their three-game winning streak snapped. Sacramento missed the inside presence of Brad Miller, who broke his left leg Saturday.

RAPTORS 128, 76ERS 110: In Toronto, Donyell Marshall tied the NBA record with 12 three-pointers and the Raptors finished with a league-record 21 in outscoring Philadelphia.

Marshall was 12 for 19 from three-point range and finished with a career-high 38 points to help the Raptors set a franchise record for points.

The Raptors, 21 for 34 from three-point range, broke the previous NBA mark of 19 three-pointers set by Atlanta in a victory in Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.

Allen Iverson had 32 points for the 76ers.

CAVALIERS 98, PACERS 86: LeBron James scored 35 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 and host Cleveland looked sharp in its first game in four days.

The Cavaliers had a season-low five turnovers, held Indiana to three field goals over the final 14:36 and 15 points in the fourth quarter. Cleveland also outrebounded Indiana, 46-34.

James also had five rebounds and five assists.


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