Tracy McGrady scored 31 points, and Bob Sura had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists on his 32nd birthday, leading the Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-80, last night in Houston.
Reserve Mike James had 15 points and Yao Ming added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who followed an impressive win over league-leading Miami on Tuesday.
Houston shot 48 percent, outrebounded Cleveland by 11 and never trailed after the early minutes of the second quarter.
The Cavaliers turned in another woeful performance on the road after winning in Brendan Malone's coaching debut against Detroit on Tuesday. Cleveland has lost 10 straight away from home, with its last win coming on Jan. 22 at Golden State.
Drew Gooden led the Cavaliers with 20 points and six rebounds, while LeBron James had 19 points and eight assists.
"Every time I face a guy like LeBron James, Kobe [Bryant] and those guys, you have to bring your 'A' game," said McGrady. "You just have to up your level of intensity and focus and be ready to match their intensity as well."
BOBCATS 108, MAGIC 94: Gerald Wallace scored 22 points and rookie Emeka Okafor registered his 36th double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds, to hand host Orlando its ninth loss in 10 games. The expansion Bobcats beat the Magic for the second time in four days and won on the road for just the third time.
Rookies Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson also registered double-doubles, but Orlando faltered in the middle of the fourth quarter. Howard had 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Nelson had 18 points and a season-high 13 assists. Grant Hill led the Magic with 28 points.
Brevin Knight had 15 points, 15 assists and 8 steals, and Primoz Brezec added 20 points for Charlotte, which snapped an 11-game road losing streak.
GRIZZLIES 105, NETS 96: Lorenzen Wright and Jason Williams each scored 20 points and visiting Memphis shot 70 percent in the first half to end New Jersey's five-game winning streak.
SUPERSONICS 96, TRAIL BLAZERS 91: Ray Allen returned from an ankle injury and scored 19 points, and Damien Wilkins (21 points) filled in admirably for visiting Seattle after Rashard Lewis departed because of tendinitis in his left knee.
Portland has lost seven straight and 11 of 12 since firing coach Maurice Cheeks and replacing him with Kevin Pritchard.
KINGS 109, MAVERICKS 101: Peja Stojakovic hit six three-pointers on the way to a season-high 38 points, and Sacramento avoided a regular season sweep by visiting Dallas.
Mike Bibby had 17 points and eight assists, and Kenny Thomas scored 15 points and helped hold Dirk Nowitzki to nine of his 35 points in the fourth quarter.
NUGGETS 117, LAKERS 96: DerMarr Johnson had 20 points for surging Denver.
Visiting Los Angeles lost its seven straight game -- its longest losing streak in 11 years -- and dropped 5 1/2 games behind the Nuggets for the Western Conference's final playoff spot with 14 games left.