Rocket Blast: Going into Rockets vs Grizzlies
- Houston leads the all-time series over Memphis, 29-16, including a 17-5 edge over the Grizzlies at home. The Rockets are 12-11 on the road against the Grizzlies, but are just 3-8 since the team's relocation to Memphis. The Rockets opened this season's four-game series 1-0, as Shane Battier made a triumphant return in Houston's 86-80 win at Memphis (11/7/06). The victory snapped Houston's four-game losing streak to the Grizzlies and gave the Rockets their second win in the division this season.
- Series Notes: Memphis took all four games over Houston in 2005-06, marking the first time the Grizzlies swept the Rockets in a season series ... Houston shot a season-best 27-of-30 (.900) from the free throw line at Memphis (11/7/06) ... the Rockets never trailed at Memphis (11/7/06) and had all five starters in double-figure scoring ... Yao Ming scored 11 of Houston's 22 points in the fourth quarter at Memphis (11/7/06) ... Chuck Hayes picked up his second career double-double with 12 points and a team-high 11 boards at Memphis (11/7/06) ... former Rockets forward and Grizzly again, Stromile Swift, came off the bench to lead the Grizzlies in scoring with 15 points at Memphis (11/7/06) ... the Memphis reserves accounted for 47 of the team's 80 total points.
- Connections: On July 12, 2006, Houston acquired Shane Battier from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Stromile Swift and the draft rights to Rudy Gay ... Battier finished his career with the Grizzlies ranked first in franchise history in steals (507), third in blocks (418), fourth in points (4,160) and fifth in rebounds (1,908) ... Swift, who played last season with the Rockets, was drafted by Vancouver in the first round (second overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft and played his first five seasons with the Grizzlies ... Rockets guard/forward Bonzi Wells averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 128 games with the Grizzlies ... Memphis forward Lawrence Roberts was born in Houston and attended Lamar High School ... Lionel Hollins, an assistant coach with the Grizzlies, played one season (1984-85) with the Rockets.
- After holding the Wizards to 82 points on a season-low .333 (28-84 FG) shooting in Houston's game vs. Washington (11/22/06), the Rockets have now limited their last two opponents to a combined 60-of-170 (.353) from the floor.
- The Rockets pulled down a season-high 57 rebounds vs. Washington (11/22/06), topping their 51 boards at New Orleans/Oklahoma City (11/5/06). Houston has now outrebounded its opponent in nine of its 12 games this season.
- Houston never relinquished the lead vs. Washington (11/22/06), marking the third time this season the Rockets have not trailed in a game, which includes an 86-80 win at Memphis (11/7/06). The Rockets recorded only one outing all of last season where they did not trail in a contest (3/29/06 vs. Seattle).
- In just the fifth game at Toyota Center this season, Houston picked up its fourth win at home with an 86-82 victory vs. Washington (11/22/06). The Rockets recorded their fourth win at home last season in the 17th outing (4-13) vs. Charlotte (1/25/06).
- Shane Battier now has six blocks in his last two games after picking up a team-high three vs. Washington (11/22/06).
- Luther Head was 6-of-7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter vs. Washington (11/22/06), equaling his career best in free throws made (6 FTM on 3/21/06 at Dallas).