Warriors 115, Rockets 110
HOUSTON (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors scored the final 11 points of the game and overcame a triple-double by Rockets rookie Steve Francis to defeat Houston 115-110 Thursday night.
It was the third win in five games for the Warriors (9-32), who began the night with the NBA’s worst record.
Mookie Blaylock hit a 3-point shot with 38 seconds left and Vonteego Cummings hit four free throws in the final 18 seconds.
Francis had 25 points and career-highs in rebounds (17) and assists (14). He tied the club record for assists by a rookie.
The Rockets, who led by six, 110-104, with 1:15 to play, have lost two in a row after winning six straight.
Blaylock’s 3-pointer from the right side make it 111-110. He finished with 18 points. Cummings tied his season-high with 23 points.
Antawn Jamison continued his hot streak by scoring 25 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jamison was averaging 27.3 points and 13.8 rebounds over the previous four games.
Francis helped the Rockets pull away from a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter by scoring nine of his points in the fourth quarter.
Anthony ``Pig″ Miller added a career-high 19 points for Houston, one day after signing to play for the rest of the season.
Notes: After scoring six points in 16 minutes Thursday, Hakeem Olajuweon needs five points to pass Alex English (25,613) for 10th place on the NBA’s career scoring list. ... The Rockets signed forward Devin Gray, who had just finished his second 10-day contract, for the rest of the season. ... Former Rocket Sam Mack sat out with a sore foot. He is shooting 30.9 percent in nine games since signing with the Warriors on Jan. 6.