McGrady fired in 30 points and Ming added 25 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to give Rick Adelman a victory in his Houston coaching debut. Mike James came off the bench to hit for 13 points and Battier finished with 11 points.
Both teams looked rusty at the onset of the game, missing a combined 10 shots before Bryant finally lit up the scoreboard with a layup. Los Angeles went on to lead 26-16 after the first quarter but Houston pulled to a 43-43 halftime tie and an eight-point margin going into the fourth quarter.
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