Spurs Edge Houston, 99-97
Mar. 08, 2002
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Tim Duncan had a double-double by halftime and finished with 30 points and 16 rebounds Thursday night to lead San Antonio to a 99-97 win over Houston.
Rookie Tony Parker added 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while Malik Rose scored 14 and David Robinson grabbed 12 rebounds. The Spurs had a 52-26 advantage on points in the paint.
It was the 14th time in the last 15 games between the teams that the Spurs defeated the Rockets.
San Antonio led 94-87 after Parker's long 2-point jumper from the left baseline with 55 seconds to play, but a furious Houston rally, keyed by four points from Steve Francis and a 3-pointer by Walt Williams, cut the margin to 97-94.
Two free throws by Antonio Daniels with 11 seconds left helped seal the win.
Another 3-pointer by Williams with 1.8 seconds to go provided the final margin, as Daniels was able to run out the clock after receiving the subsequent inbounds pass from Duncan.
Duncan recorded his league-leading 49th double-double by halftime with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Cuttino Mobley led Houston with 20 points.
A 10-0 run to end the third period cut San Antonio's lead to 74-68, but the Spurs came out hot in the fourth.
Rose started the final quarter by hitting a long jumper, and Duncan found both Parker and Daniels on back-to-back plays for 3-pointers. The 8-0 run gave San Antonio an 82-68 lead with 9:58 to play.
San Antonio jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter, aided by two 3-pointers from Steve Smith, another from Bruce Bowen and a three-point play by Duncan en route to building a 32-17 advantage after one period.
Notes: Mobley suffered a cut that required three stitches in his bottom lip midway through the second quarter. He returned to the game at the start of the third quarter. ... With the win, the Spurs pulled into a tie with Minnesota for second place in the Midwest Division behind Dallas. ... The Rockets fell to 20-19 in games Steve Francis plays; Houston is 2-19 in games he's missed due to injury or illness.