News 12 @ 11 Sunday March 16, 2008
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets claimed first place in the
Western Conference with their 22nd straight victory, 104-92 over
the L.A. Lakers.
Rafer Alston scored 31 points and hit eight 3-pointers, both
career highs. Shane Battier scored 14 points. Backup point guard
Bobby Jackson added 19 points and Luis Scola had 13 points and 11
The Rockets have won 26 of their last 27 games and 31 of their
last 34. They've won 15 straight at the Toyota Center, 10 straight
since Yao Ming went out with a broken foot and 11 of their last 13
games by double digits.
Kobe Bryant scored 24 points to lead the Lakers. Bryant also
smothered Tracy McGrady on defense, helping hold the Houston star
to 11 points on 4-for-16 shooting.
The Lakers have lost three of their last four. They played
without Pau Gasol, who's out indefinitely with a sprained ankle.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)