Rockets edge Blazers to move up in West
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HOUSTON (AP)The Houston Rockets got a validating victory on Tuesday night to continue climbing up the Western Conference standings. Ron Artest scored 21 points, Aaron Brooks had 20 and the Rockets moved past Portland in the West with a 98-94 victory over the Trail Blazers.
NotesPortland C Greg Oden sat out again with a left knee injury, and McMillan said Oden would also skip Wednesday's game in San Antonio. ... As scheduled, Rockets G Tracy McGrady had season-ending microfracture surgery on his left knee in Chicago on Tuesday. "The surgery has been completed, and by all accounts, it was a success," McGrady wrote on his personal Web site. The seven-time All-Star faces 6-12 months of recovery time, said team doctor Tom Clanton. ... Rockets F Carl Landry missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle.
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