HOUSTON (AP) _ Tracy McGrady had 42 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 105-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Maurice Taylor added 16 points to help the Rockets reach .500 (15-15) for the first time since they were 6-6 on Nov. 21. Houston has won nine of its last 13 games.

Rockets center Yao Ming missed a game for the first time in his NBA career, sitting out because of the flu.

Michael Redd led the Bucks with 21 points.

McGrady scored nine points, including a four-point play, to help Houston take a 13-4 lead. He had 17 points in the first quarter to stake Houston to a 27-20 advantage.

In the third quarter, Houston had a 10-0 run, the last eight points by McGrady, to help maintain an 11-point lead.

Notes: The Rockets have won three straight on New Year's Eve and are 3-2 overall on the day, counting two losses when they were the San Diego Rockets. ... Yao ended a string of 193 straight games played, the eighth longest current streak in the league. ... The Bucks activated guard Erick Strickland (knee) from the injured list. ... Milwaukee hasn't won a game in Houston since Nov. 2, 1999.