HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Without All-Star Tracy McGrady, the Houston
Rockets look like a lost team. They aim to get back on track
Saturday against the Chicago Bulls.
Despite getting 15 points and 12 rebounds from Yao Ming, the
Rockets lost their sixth straight game, 86-81, to Memphis
Derek Anderson has been a bright spot since McGrady's injury,
averaging 19 points off the bench in his last three contests for
Houston, which only has one home victory and that came in the
season opener against Sacramento.
The Bulls are coming off a 106-99 victory at San Antonio on
Friday. Ben Gordon scored 19 points and Luol Deng added 17
points and seven rebounds for Chicago, which is 2-3 on its
The Bulls have outrebounded their last two opponents, 97-79,
en route to totaling 84 points in the paint. Forward Mike
Sweetney has been playing well over his last three games,
averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
The Rockets has won five straight over the Bulls, with three
coming in Houston, including last year's 105-92 victory.