HOUSTON (AP) – Tracy McGrady scored a season-high 38 points and had nine rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat Memphis 111-109 on Sunday night, handing Grizzlies interim coach Tony Barone his first loss.

Juwan Howard added a season-high 22 points, and Luther Head had 18 in the Rockets’ third straight victory. They are 3-1 since Yao Ming broke a bone under his right knee.

McGrady hit 15 of 30 shots and went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. Dikembe Mutombo had 11 rebounds for Houston, which hit 14 3-pointers, a season high.

Mike Miller matched a season high with seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points for Memphis in its 12th loss in 14 games. The Grizzlies lost five in a row before Barone replaced Mike Fratello before Saturday’s 110-104 win over Toronto.


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