McGrady returns to lineup despite sore back

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady started
Tuesday night against Atlanta after missing the last five games
because of a back injury.

McGrady has missed eight of Houston's 14 games after straining
his back in practice on Nov. 4. The Rockets have lost all eight
games without him.
McGrady, a five-time All-Star, sat out three games after the
initial injury, then returned to score 35 points in Houston's win
at New Jersey on Nov. 12. He started Houston's next four games, but
hasn't played since going 3-for-16 in three quarters in the
Rockets' loss to Detroit on Nov. 18.
McGrady, the NBA's sixth-leading scorer last season, came into
Tuesday's game averaging 21.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
The Rockets, the league's lowest scoring team, have averaged
only 83 points with McGrady out and 97 points when he's played.