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Tracy McGrady plays in Rockets' win over Pistons

The seven-time All-Star, sidelined since Feb. 9, makes a seven-minute cameo appearance and sinks a three-pointer in Houston's 107-96 victory.

December 16, 2009

Houston — Tracy McGrady sank a three-pointer in his season debut, Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks scored 23 points apiece and the Houston Rockets defeated Detroit, 107-96, ending the Pistons' five-game winning streak.

Rookie Chase Budinger had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first start for the Rockets, who shot a season-high 54.7% from the field.

Trevor Ariza served a one-game suspension and that gave Coach Rick Adelman a chance to start Budinger and bring McGrady off the bench for his first action since Feb. 9.

The seven-time All-Star entered at the 7:44 mark of the first quarter and missed his first shot, a 20-footer from the wing. He hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc for his only basket, then sat out the final three quarters. He played a total of seven minutes.

-- associated press

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