ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds
and Carlos Arroyo scored 16 points, leading the Orlando Magic to a
94-90 win over the Houston Rockets in the teams' final preseason
game Thursday night.
Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 18 points, but played
sparingly in the third quarter and sat out the fourth. Yao Ming had
13 points and 4 rebounds before leaving in the second quarter with
a sprained ankle.
The All-Star said the injury was minor, and he sat only as a
"It's not a big problem," Yao said. "If we had practice
tomorrow I could do it."
Arroyo sealed the win with a three-point play in the game's
final 2 minutes.
Orlando and Houston both finished the preseason 6-2. The loss
snapped the Rockets' five-game winning streak.
Hedo Turkoglu was Orlando's only player besides Howard and
Arroyo to crack double digits, netting 10 points on 5-of-12
Yao had 11 points during a 15-4 second-quarter run that helped
Houston to a 49-46 halftime lead. The Rockets missed his inside
presence in the second half.
Houston went 3-of-4 from 3-point range in the third quarter's
opening minutes, but then suddenly went cold. The Rockets were
scoreless for nearly 8 minutes during a 21-0 Magic run that gave
Orlando an eight-point lead with 1:06 left in the third quarter.
Magic rookie J.J. Redick, who sat out most of the preseason with
an injured foot, played in just his second game. He ended the
exhibition season with no points on 0-of-3 shooting.
Darko Milicic returned for the Magic after missing two games
with a bruised lower back. He picked up three fouls in 6 minutes
defending Yao, and a technical for knocking a ball on the floor
that bounced into the stands in the second quarter. Milicic
finished with four points and five rebounds.
Houston was 13-of-33 from 3-point range, compared with 1-of-13