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Granger scores 36 points in Pacers' win

HOUSTON (AP) — Danny Granger scored 36 points, T.J. Ford led a second-half surge and the Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 125-115 victory over the revamped Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

The Rockets, playing their first game with four new players from a three-team trade, led most of the game but the Pacers rallied from nine points down to start the third quarter, led by Ford, who scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half.

Troy Murphy added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 7-21 on the road. Aaron Books led the Rockets with 26 points and seven assists, and Luis Scola added 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Houston wasted a 65-54 halftime lead. The Pacers used an 11-2 surge at the end of the third quarter for a brief 90-88 lead. A last-second basket by David Anderson tied it at 90 going into the final quarter.

Ford hit three straight baskets in the run.

Houston had a 108-105 lead with 5:12 to play, but Ford hit a 3-point basket and added two more 2-point baskets for a 112-108 lead the Pacers never lost.

The Rockets played their first game since acquiring Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento and Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries from New York in a three-team trade that sent Tracy McGrady to the Knicks and Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey to the Kings.

Martin, the centerpiece of the trade for the Rockets, entered the game with 5:50 to play in the first quarter. His first basket as a Rocket was a turnaround 16-foot jumper with 2:43 to go in the first quarter. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

NOTES: The Rockets are 44-15 after the All-Star break in the past two seasons. ... Scola has played in 218 consecutive games, fourth longest streak in Rockets history. Calvin Murphy is third with 220 straight games, and Elvin Hayes' tops the list with 442. ... Pacers reserves Jeff Foster (sore lower back) and Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection) sat out the game. ... Martin was the only newcomer to play for the Rockets.

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