Houston Rockets (32-30) at New Orleans Hornets (19-43), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Now is not the time for the Houston Rockets to start piling up losses in succession. Mired in a five-game slide and still hanging by a thread in the playoff race, the Rockets will visit the New Orleans Hornets tonight in hopes of returning to the win column.
Houston is even with Phoenix at one-half game behind Utah for the eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference and suffered a 117-110 loss to the rival Dallas Mavericks last night in Big D. Goran Dragic had 20 points and 10 assists, Marcus Camby finished with 11 points and 17 rebounds, and Luis Scola netted 18 points in a losing effort.
"We have to stay together, we can't start hanging our heads now," Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said of his team's recent stretch.
Courtney Lee scored 16 points for the Rockets, who fell to 12-19 as the visitor this season and shot 50 percent for the game.
New Orleans will try to spoil Houston's chances of making the playoffs and had a four-game winning streak stopped with a 103-91 loss at Memphis last night.
Jerome Dyson netted 24 points, while Carl Landry and Marco Belinelli each had 16 points for the Hornets. Jason Smith added 12 points in a losing cause.
"He was aggressive. He played with a desperation that you see from guys who aren't in the NBA and trying to earn a spot," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said of Dyson.
After hosting Houston, New Orleans, which is 10-22 in the Big Easy, will close out the season with three straight road games against the Clippers, Warriors and Rockets.
The Hornets dropped the first meeting with Houston this season by a 90-88 score in overtime on Jan. 19 in Space City, but have still won six of the past eight matchups between the teams.
|Houston Rockets (32-30) at New Orleans Hornets (19-43), 7 p.m.|
|2011-12 Head-to-head record||Houston 1-0|
|2010-11 Head-to-head record||New Orleans 3-1|
|2009-10 Head-to-head record||New Orleans 3-1|
|2008-09 Head-to-head record||Houston 3-1|
|Overall Head-to-head record||Houston 37-25|
|Home Record:||Houston 20-11; New Orleans 10-22|
|Away Record:||Houston 12-19; New Orleans 9-21|
|Current Streak:||Houston (L5); New Orleans (L1)|
|Record vs. Southwest Division:||Houston 5-7; New Orleans 2-10|
|Record vs. Western Conference:||Houston 21-24; New Orleans 12-32|
|01/19 - Houston, 90-88 ot (at Hou)|
|11/03 - New Orleans, 107-99 (at Hou)|
|01/14 - New Orleans, 110-105 ot (at Hou)|
|02/27 - Houston, 91-89 (at NO)|
|04/06 - New Orleans, 101-93 (at NO)|
|12/29 - Houston, 108-100 (at Hou)|
|01/02 - New Orleans, 99-95 (at NO)|
|02/21 - New Orleans, 102-94 (at NO)|
|04/14 - New Orleans, 123-115 (at Hou)|
|11/15 - Houston, 91-82 (at Hou)|
|12/26 - New Orleans, 88-79 (at NO)|
|03/16 - Houston, 95-84 (at NO)|
|04/13 - Houston, 86-66 (at Hou)|
|01/13 - New Orleans, 87-82 (at Hou)|
|02/22 - Houston, 100-80 (at NO)|
|03/08 - Houston, 106-96 (at Hou)|
|03/19 - New Orleans, 90-69 (at NO)|
|11/05 - NO/Okla City, 96-90 (at NO)|
|02/03 - NO/Okla City, 87-74 (at Hou)|
|03/25 - NO/Okla City, 106-94 (at Okla City)|
|04/14 - Houston, 123-112 (at Hou)|
|11/05 - NO/Okla City, 91-84 (at Hou)|
|12/28 - NO/Okla City, 92-90 (at Okla City)|
|01/14 - NO/Okla City, 86-80 (at Hou)|
|03/23 - Houston, 93-92 (at Okla City)|
|12/07 - Houston, 89-81 (at Hou)|
|01/26 - Houston, 82-77 (at NO)|
|03/25 - Houston, 81-68 (at NO)|
|04/01 - New Orleans, 76-73 (at Hou)|
|12/05 - Houston, 83-74 (at NO)|
|03/11 - Houston, 97-86 (at Hou)|
|12/06 - New Orleans, 98-96 ot (at NO)|
|12/29 - Houston, 97-85 (at Hou)|
|Note - Houston has won two of the last three meetings.|
|Note - New Orleans has won six of the last eight meetings.|
|Note - New Orleans has won seven of 12 and eight of the last 14 meetings.|
|Note - These two teams have split the last 16 meetings.|
|Note - The Hornets have won 12 of 21 and 16 of the last 26 meetings.|
|Note - Houston has lost three of its last four at New Orleans.|
|Note - Houston has lost five of its last seven at New Orleans.|
|Note - Houston has lost seven of 10 and eight of its last 12 at the Hornets.|
|Note - Houston has lost nine of its last 16 at the Hornets.|
|Note - Houston snapped a three-game series home losing streak on 01/19/12.|
|Note - New Orleans has lost five of its last eight at Houston.|
|Note - The Hornets have lost six of their last 10 at Houston.|
|Note - The Hornets have won eight of their last 14 at Houston.|
|Note - The Hornets have lost nine of their last 17 at Houston.|
|Houston last five games||New Orleans last five games|
|04/11 - L vs. Utah, 91-103||04/11 - W vs. Sacramento, 105-96|
|04/13 - L vs. Phoenix, 105-112||04/13 - W vs. Utah, 96-85|
|04/15 - L at Denver, 86-101||04/15 - W vs. Memphis, 88-75|
|04/16 - L vs. Denver, 102-105||04/16 - W at Charlotte, 75-67|
|04/18 - L at Dallas, 110-117||04/18 - L at Memphis, 91-103|
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