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The Houston Rockets look to continue good home success this season when they host the New York Knicks on Saturday night. The Rockets are 10-4 in the Toyota Center and have not dropped a contest there since late November.

They welcome the homecoming after losing three straight on the road as the Rockets try to ring in the first victory of 2010 against a Knicks team fighting to get into playoff contention.

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In Houston’s most recent loss to the Phoenix Suns, Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry put up career highs in points with 34 and 31 respectively. Rookie Chase Budinger, recently back from a sprained ankle, provides energy and production off the bench. He had eight points and nine rebounds against the Suns.

The Rockets have played the most road games in the NBA so far, and have nine home games left in January, joining the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards with the most remaining home contests this month.



The Knicks begin a three-game road trip in search of their first win in Houston since the 2004-2005 season. After a dismal November—winning just three games—and a 9-6 December, the Knicks opened the New Year with three-game winning streak and have won seven of their last ten.

Although the Knicks second leading scorer, Al Harrington, is day-to-day with a strained calf, the combination of David Lee, Danilo Gallinari—the league leader in 3-point shots made—and Wilson Chandler have stepped up production, scoring nearly 60 points during their three-game win streak.

 

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By: Jonathan Woo
ProBasketball-fans.com Houston Rockets Correspondent


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