Perhaps it helped that Darko Milicic sat this one out with an ankle injury, but Wells attacked the basket and gave the franchise he once played for fits. Can this Bonzi surface more than once every 10 games?
Houston's supporting cast finally stepped up while Tracy McGrady picked up his third career triple-double as the Rockets rolled over the Memphis Grizzlies 105-92 Wednesday night.
The win ups the Rockets' mark to 10-9.
T-Mac shot the ball like it was made of lead, hitting just 7-22 shots, but his all-around game will grab the headlines. The star guard finished with 17 points, 10 boards and 12 assists, further cementing the fact that he is the true playmaker that runs this offense.
Yao Ming hit 10-17 shots for 24 points, 13 boards (including 5 offensive) and 4 blocks -- a couple of sweet ones to boot. It was a great game for the big fella.
But for the first time in a while, 1-11 had some help.
Bonzi Wells has been flat miserable with the rock most of this season, unable to put it in near the basket nor knock it down from outside.
I don't know what happened to that Bonzi, but tonight's version was near brilliant.
Wells hit 11-14 shots for 24 points and 7 rebounds. He had 16 points in 15 first half minutes. He was relentless attacking the basket -- he added a dimension we just haven't seen with this team this season.
(Quick sidebar: After tonight, Bonzi is now hitting 47% at home and 31% on the road)
Luis Scola was also huge, adding 16 points in 17 minutes, hitting 6-8 from the floor and throwing in 3 or 4 fist-pumps to boot. His energy off the pine was boost to the team.
At one point, Scola made a nice grab of a board off the offensive glass, but Mike Miller stripped it away. Scola fought him across the baseline and then all the way to the floor for it. Kyle Lowry eventually ended up with it and started to take off, but Scola took him down.
The extra effort was so obvious to the crowd that they gave him a rousing ovation.
Shane Battier also attended the party, hitting his threes (mercifully) for 13 points. Some perspective: Battier scored 18 points in the last four games combined.
You can't argue with results, but not sure why all the point guard minutes went to Rafer Alston (38). Rafer finished with 7 points, 7 assists and 8 boards -- solid -- but hit just 3-9 from the floor (1-4 from three).
Not that he was hurting the team on a night like this one, but Steve Francis (10 minutes) and Mike James (5) never saw the light of day in the second half.
Nice one game stop at home, but it's back to the road again. The Rockets start a 3-game East Coast swing in New Jersey on Friday.