A fourth consecutive loss dropped New Jersey to 7-59, leaving the Nets 16 games in which to win three to avoid matching the all-time futility mark in NBA history, the 9-73 campaign of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-1973.
The Nets led 55-54 at half-time and kept the game close into the fourth quarter, but could not shut down the Rockets, who at 33-31 are 10th in the Western Conference, five games behind Portland and the last playoff spot.
Scola grabbed 12 rebounds and shot 20-for-25 from the field for the highest-scoring night for any Houston player this season. Kevin Martin added 20 points and Aaron Brooks had 18 points and seven assists for Houston.
Source: AFP American Edition