Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Saturday, November 6th
Rockets121Final
OT
Spurs124
Game 2: Saturday, January 29th
Rockets95Final
Spurs108
Game 3: Saturday, March 12th
Spurs115Final
Rockets107
Game 4: Friday, April 1st
Spurs114Final
OT
Rockets119

Spurs 114

(57-19, 24-14 away)

Rockets 119

(40-36, 23-14 home)

    Coverage: KTXH

    8:30 PM ET, April 1, 2011

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SA 27 29 29 23 6114
    HOU 31 33 23 21 11119

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Parker 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hou: L. Scola 21 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Rockets need OT to send sliding Spurs to sixth straight loss

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON -- Even a late rally couldn't end the longest losing streak of Tim Duncan's career.

    Kevin Martin scored 33 points, including nine in overtime, and the Houston Rockets handed the San Antonio Spurs their sixth straight loss with a 119-114 victory on Friday night.

    San Antonio hadn't dropped six in a row since April 10-20, 1997, and the big lead it held atop the Western Conference continues to dwindle over the hard-charging Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Spurs lead the Lakers by only 1½ games with another meeting scheduled.

    "We're going to see what we are made out of, if we can dig down deeper," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We'll see if we are worth the way we played this season or not."

    The Rockets withstood the Spurs' best comeback efforts in the second half.

    "In my mind, that might be the best one we've had all year because you have this team [Spurs] come in here and they lost five in a row, which they haven't done in decades," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "They are fighting the Lakers for the best record."

    The Spurs, down by 11 points late in the third quarter, forced overtime on a free throw by Duncan with 18 seconds left in regulation that tied it at 108.

    Martin took over in overtime, scoring nine of Houston's 11 points.

    Luis Scola had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, Kyle Lowry added 14 points, and Chuck Hayes had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    "It was a great game," Scola said. "The Spurs are the best team in the NBA. There's not one season where they don't play great. It's always a fun game to play. It's always a big game. It's a rivalry match. Because of all those things I like to play against them."

    The Rockets are three games behind Memphis for the No. 8 playoff spot in the West.

    "We're in a little playoff series," Scola said. "We've got six games left and we need to win them all."

    Tony Parker led the Spurs with 31 points. Duncan had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili added 23 points.

    The Rockets took a 64-56 lead into the second half and extended it to 79-68 with 5:46 to go in the third quarter. Parker scored eight points over the rest of the period and cut Houston's lead to 87-85 heading to the fourth.

    "They are all tough losses now," Parker said. "We are not making plays at the end of games. We have to stay positive and hope it turns our way. We'll see what we're made of."

    The Rockets have won eight of nine home games since the All-Star break. Their one loss was to San Antonio.

    Houston edged to a 31-27 first-quarter lead with a 9-4 run near the end of the period. Trailing 23-22, Lowry scored five points and Martin added four in the run. Parker kept the Spurs close with 13 points. Lowry had 10 points in the quarter for the Rockets.

    Courtney Lee had 12 points for the Rockets and pestered Ginobili much of the game.

    "Our sense of urgency is way up there," Lee said. "It helps being at home, protecting home court and the crowd and fans behind us helps us out a lot. So, we have to carry it over to the next game and just every game from there."

    Game notes


    Scola was a second-round draft pick (56th overall) of the Spurs in the 2002 NBA draft. ... Duncan holds the Toyota Center record with seven blocked shots on Dec. 9, 2004. ... Popovich needs three victories to move into third place on the list for most career victories with one team. Popovich has 793. Celtics coach Red Auerbach currently is second with 795 victories.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    HOU
    Points 114 119
    FGM-FGA 45-88 (.511) 42-94 (.447)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 9-23 (.391)
    FTM-FTA 19-28 (.679) 26-29 (.897)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-42 12-45
    Assists 18 24
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 18 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 11

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Houston
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Luis Scola Scola
    Points: 21
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0

    Research Notes

    Spurs

    Rockets

    If you were to ask which team had the better second half of the season, the Rockets or Spurs, most would probably say San Antonio. They would also be wrong. Since the break the Rockets are 14-5 and are scoring 108.6 points a game and winning by an average of more than seven points. Their eight double-digit wins are three more than the Spurs, who are 11-9 since the break.

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