SALT LAKE CITY -- Tracy McGrady said he didn't hold a grudge against Utah for last season's opening-round loss in the playoffs.
But what he said and how he played were quite different.
McGrady scored 47 points and the Rockets beat the Jazz 106-95 Thursday night, earning a little revenge for last season's playoffs, when Houston won the first two games but lost the series.
"It doesn't really mean anything. It's only the second game of the season," said McGrady, who was 17-for-27 from the floor.
The Rockets improved to 2-0 under new coach Rick Adelman, who wasn't with Houston for Utah's first-round comeback last spring.
McGrady was, and seemed to take it personally with his 42nd career 40-point game. He also had more help than he did in the postseason, when the Rockets basically counted on him and Yao Ming to beat the Jazz.
Mike James had 15 points -- two more than the Jazz reserves combined -- and Modesto Christian grad Chuck Hayes snatched 13 rebounds for the Rockets.
"We feel like it's Game 8 for us," said Yao, referring to the seven-game series the Jazz rallied to win. "We wanted to get this win and start our new season."
Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur finished with 16 points and 10 boards, but after dominating the first quarter the Jazz tapered off in the second and never recovered.
Deron Williams had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who led by 12 in the first quarter before McGrady took over the game.
Even with Yao on the bench with foul trouble and the Jazz knowing very well who was going to be getting the ball, Utah couldn't stop McGrady.
Inside, outside or at the foul line, McGrady carried the Rockets. He only missed 10 of his 27 field goal attempts and went 11-for-14 from the line. He also had four assists and four rebounds.
"This is the start of a new season. I'm just feeling good mentally, physically and having fun playing basketball with my new teammates and coaching staff," McGrady said. "This is a fun system to play in."
SUNS 106, SUPERSONICS 99, at Seattle -- Amare Stoudemire, playing for the third time since knee surgery a month ago, had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Phoenix rallied past Kevin Durant and Seattle. Durant, the second overall draft pick, scored 27 points on 11-for-23 shooting.
PISTONS 91, HEAT 80, at Miami -- Tayshaun Prince had a monster game, finishing with 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Detroit used a 12-0 second-half run to beat Miami in the season opener for both teams.
KINGS SIGN GUARD -- Beno Udrih signed with the Sacramento Kings, potentially filling a hole in the club's lineup while Mike Bibby is out with a thumb injury.
Udrih, who won two NBA championship rings with San Antonio, appeared in 207 regular-season games for the Spurs, averaging 5.2 points and 1.8 assists. He was chosen by the Spurs with the 28th overall pick in 2004.