MONDAY, 1/23/06 – Three games after coming off the injured list, Tracy McGrady continues to play off-the-hook, scoring 41 points Monday night in Milwaukee after scoring 43 the previous night in Detroit. He took over in the fourth quarter against the Bucks by scoring 14 points in a row to lead the Rockets to their largest margin of victory, 97-80, since…I can’t even remember when.
T-Mac’s numbers weren’t Kobe-like, but still very impressive and entertaining nonetheless. He made over 50% of his shots (17-of-32), made 3 three-pointers and racked up 8 rebounds.
David Wesley also had a good game, hitting 6-of-11 shots (3 treys) for 17 points. And rookie Chuck Hayes continues to rebound well, grabbing 12 boards and scoring 7 points. Lonny Baxter also helped out on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds. Unfortunately, a day after missing a three-pointer against the Pistons that could have won it, Luther Head had an awful game, missing all six of his shots (all 3-pointers).
But it didn’t matter with T-Mac taking on the scoring load. It’s interesting that Jeff Van Gundy has decided to just let T-Mac take over in most games, with the hope that young guys like Rafer Alston (11 points) and Head will develop offensively, and as a stop-gap until Yao gets back into action.
It’s also neat to see players like Kobe and T-Mac be given the green light to score for their offensively-challenged teams. It reminds me of the 1970’s and 80’s when scoring machines like George Gervin and David Thompson would put up huge numbers on a nightly basis.
As long as the Rockets stay competitive like they have been the last three games (two of which they have won), I just say…let it roll, T-Mac, let it roll.