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Rockets fire Chaney, last season's coach of the year

Don Chaney, NBA coach of the year in 1991, was fired by the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

Assistant Rudy Tomjanovich, who played 11 seasons for the Rockets and is one of two ex-Rockets to have his number retired, was named interim head coach.

"You can't fire the team and something had to be done," owner Charlie Thomas said. "Once you see that things are deteriorating, you have to do something. I'm not blaming Don Chaney. Everyone is accountable and that includes me."

Chaney, 45, became the Rockets' eighth coach in the franchise's 24-year history June

13, 1988. He compiled a 164-134 record.

In Chaney's first three seasons as coach, the Rockets went 45-37, 41-41 and 52-30 and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each season.

Chaney was not available for comment.

Rockets fire Chaney, last season's coach of the year

HOUSTON _ Don Chaney, NBA coach of the year in 1991, was fired by the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

Assistant Rudy Tomjanovich, who played 11 seasons for the Rockets and is one of two ex-Rockets to have his number retired, was named interim head coach.

"You can't fire the team and something had to be done," owner Charlie Thomas said. "Once you see that things are deteriorating, you have to do something. I'm not blaming Don Chaney. Everyone is accountable and that includes me."

Chaney, 45, became the Rockets' eighth coach in the franchise's 24-year history June

13, 1988. He compiled a 164-134 record.

This season, the Rockets are 26-26 and in third place in the Midwest Division.

The Rockets' latest loss, and their seventh in 10 games, was one of the most bitter of the season. They blew a 24-point lead at The Summit Monday night and were beaten by the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-122 in overtime. Minnesota has the worst record in the league at 10-40.

Chaney was not available for comment.

Tuesday's games

Pistons 117, Magic 95: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Detroit continued its domination over Orlando behind Dennis Rodman's 18 points and 27 rebounds.

Detroit is 10-0 against the Magic since their entrance into the NBA.

Rodman hit 8-of-10 shots, including two 3-pointers, and pulled down 18 defensive rebounds. Rodman, who leads the NBA in rebounding, has had at least 20 rebounds in 22 of the Pistons' last 34 games.

Orlando Woolridge, who needed two stitches for a cut over his right eye in the first quarter, scored 21 points for the Pistons.

The Pistons, with seven points from Woolridge, led 24-15 with 2:25 left in the first quarter. But Detroit scored one basket the remainder of the period and the Magic, behind an eight-point spurt by Jerry Reynolds, closed the gap to 28-27 at the end of the quarter.

Around the league

Spurs: Guard Willie Anderson has a stress fracture of the left leg and may be out for several weeks. His injury occurred Monday in the first quarter of a 124-110 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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