McGrady snaps out of slump, O'Neal has big night in skirmish-marred Rockets win over SunsPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tracy McGrady snapped out of a slump to score 22 of his 27 points in the second half and the Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 94-82 in a game that featured a scoring landmark for Shaquille O'Neal and a skirmish that drew two ejections and seven technical fouls.
McGrady made 11 of 18 shots, going 9-of-14 in the second half as the Rockets used a tough defense last night to dominate the Suns and spoil O'Neal's big night.
The Suns center scored 18 points to move past John Havlicek into 10th on the NBA career scoring list.
What was mostly a shoving match broke out just after McGrady's 3-pointer put Houston ahead 74-55 with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.
Houston's Rafer Alston, apparently upset after getting a shoulder from Matt Barnes, shoved the Phoenix player at midcourt.
Steve Nash rushed into middle of things and was pushed to the court by McGrady, who in turn was shoved down by O'Neal.
After coaches and officials separated the players, the referees huddled and decided to eject Alston and Barnes with double technicals.
McGrady, Nash and O'Neal all drew technical fouls, an outcome that was greeted by a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Yao Ming added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who led by 19 entering the fourth quarter.