SCOREBOARD

Saturday, March 8

New Orleans at Houston (8:30 p.m. EST). The Rockets' 17-game winning streak is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.

SKY HIGH

Tracy McGrady had 31 points and nine assists and Rafer Alston added a season-high 24 points, helping the Houston Rockets push their franchise-best winning streak to 17 games with a 113-98 victory over the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Houston's streak is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.

ROLLING

Manu Ginobili scored 28 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Indiana Pacers 108-97 on Thursday for their 11th straight win. Tony Parker added 19 points in the game, which wasn't close after halftime and during which Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ejected during the second quarter.