Houston (25-17) at Orlando (12-32)

Fair Currently: Orlando, FL
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 6:00 pm EST Sun Jan 25, 2004
  • TV: NBATV, WRBW
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Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy knows that he does not need to depend on just one player. He’ll look for the Rockets to feature another balanced offensive attack when they meet the Orlando Magic at the TD Waterhouse Centre.

The Rockets have won two straight and five of their last six. Steve Francis had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead four Rockets in double figures in a 78-74 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

“We’ve just got to do enough to win, and tonight we did,” Van Gundy said.

Yao Ming had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jim Jackson added 14 points and Cuttino Mobley 12.

The Rockets were also impressive on defense, limiting the Pacers to 36.8 percent shooting.

“We just wanted to play real tough defense on them,” Mobley said. “We didn’t want to give them any easy shots.”

The Magic had lost two of three before getting past the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers 98-93 on Friday. Tracy McGrady scored 10 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to lead four Magic players in double figures.

“When the game is on the line, I want the ball in my hands,” said McGrady, who has been bothered by a strained left big toe. “I live for that situation.”

The Sixers pulled within two in the closing minutes, but the Magic sealed the win from the foul line.

“Especially with the situation we were in in the beginning of the season, every win for us is great, especially on the road,” said Magic guard Gordan Giricek, referring to Orlando’s 19-game losing streak earlier this season.

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