Rocket Blast: Going into Rockets at Knicks
qNew York leads the all-time series over Houston, 68-51, but the Rockets hold a 32-27 edge over the Knicks at home. The Knicks are 40-18 in New York against the Rockets. In neutral-site games with New York, Houston is 1-1 all-time during the regular season. Houston is 1-0 in this season's series following a 103-94 win vs. New York (11/10/06). The victory extended Houston's winning streak over the Knicks to four games, matching the team's longest streak over New York in the history of this series (done twice before - last time: 11/3/84-3/22/86). The Rockets swept the series in 2005-06, which included Houston running its winning streak at Madison Square Garden to three games.
qSeries Notes: Jeff Van Gundy is now 6-1 with the Rockets against his former team the Knicks ... Yao Ming had 35 points, 17 rebounds and a career-high-tying seven blocked shots vs. New York (11/10/06) ... Yao has now totaled 15 blocked shots over the past three games against the Knicks ... Luther Head connected on a game-high three 3-pointers (3-4 3FG) vs. New York (11/10/06) ... the Rockets outrebounded the Knicks by a 45-33 (+12) margin vs. New York (11/10/06) ... Houston had all five of its starters score in double digits vs. New York (11/10/06) ... the Rockets hit a season-high .548 (40-73 FG) from the field vs. New York (11/10/06), including a season-best 40 fields goals made ... David Lee had 14 points off the bench and topped the Knicks with seven rebounds over the Rockets vs. New York (11/10/06) ... led by a career-high-matching four thefts by Lee, the Knicks matched the opponent high of 12 steals against the Rockets vs. New York (11/10/06).
qConnections: Prior to joining the Rockets, Jeff Van Gundy compiled a 248-172 (.590) record in seven seasons as the head coach of the New York Knicks ... Tom Thibodeau, Steve Clifford and Andy Greer all served as assistant coaches with the Knicks ... Mike Longabardi, Rockets assistant coach/video coordinator, is a native of Brooklyn, New York ... drafted by the Knicks in the first round (26th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft, Charlie Ward spent his first nine-and-a-half seasons in the league with New York, averaging 6.5 points and 4.2 assists in 580 games with the Knicks ... Rafer Alston was tagged a "playground legend" while playing in his hometown of Queens, New York ... Dikembe Mutombo averaged 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds with New York in 2003-04 ... Knicks guard Steve Francis still ranks 10th in Rockets history in points scored (7,226) after spending five seasons (1999-2004) with the Rockets ... New York center Kelvin Cato was with the Rockets from 1999-2004 ... Phil Ford, an assistant coach with the Knicks, played with the Rockets from 1983-85 ... Tracy McGrady and Juwan Howard of the Rockets along with Francis and Cato of the Knicks were part of a seven-player trade between Houston and Orlando on June 29, 2004.
qYao Ming led the Rockets in points (33), rebounds (16) and assists (4) at Detroit (11/18/06), marking his fourth 30-point performance and fifth double-double of the season. His 33 points against the Pistons also extended his streak of 20-plus point performances to seven straight games. Yao set the longest such streak of his career last season by posting 14 consecutive games (2/22/06-3/20/06) with 20 or more points.
qYao Ming had a career-best 10 30-point performances in 2005-06, including three games of 30-plus points and 14 or more rebounds. Yao's 33-point, 16-rebound outing at Detroit (11/18/06) was his third 30-point, 14-rebound performance already this season. He also reached those marks (35-17) vs. New York (11/10/06) and (34-14) at Miami (11/12/06).
qKirk Snyder matched his career high with six rebounds at Detroit (11/18/06), adding seven points and two blocked shots.
qLuther Head is 14-of-28 (.500) from beyond the 3-point line over his last six games. He also has an active streak of nine consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal made.