NBA Game Summary - Houston at Golden State
(Friday, April 10th)
Final Score: Houston 113, Golden State 109
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Luis Scola had a career-best 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds, carrying the Rockets to a 113-109 win over the Golden State Warriors, as Houston remained barely in third place in the Western Conference.
Dikembe Mutombo tallied 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who are a half-game ahead of San Antonio Spurs for first place in the Southwest Division. Mutombo, who also had four blocks, started in place of Yao Ming, who was out due to a sore right foot.
The Rockets are also a half-game in front of Portland.
Aaron Brooks added 20 points and went a clutch 7-of-7 from the foul line for Houston, which won its fourth straight game and will close the regular season with a home game against New Orleans and a road tilt versus Dallas.
"It definitely was a solid win," said Houston forward Ron Artest. "We have to make sure we continue to realize what got us here. We have to understand that the reason we are here is from our defense and playing together. Yao was out tonight, so it gave us a chance to see how we play together with a substitution and how we can hang in there and play as a team. We showed that tonight."
Kelenna Azubuike had a season-best 32 points for the Warriors, who have lost back-to-back contests following a three-game win streak. Ronny Turiaf and CJ Watson each scored 18, Anthony Randolph had 17 and Anthony Morrow 16 in defeat.
"The lacked the intensity a little bit the first three quarters," said Watson. "In the fourth quarter we were scrappy, getting rebounds and making things happen on the defensive and offensive end."
Houston entered the final quarter holding an 86-79 lead and the Rockets expanded the margin to double-digits. Carl Landry's short shot made it 96-82, but Golden State battled back, whittling the deficit to four points at 107-103 on Morrow's jumper with 34 seconds left.
The Warriors got as close as two, at 111-109, on Azubuike's three-pointer, but that was in the waning seconds. Brooks sank four free throws over the final 5.8 seconds to seal things.
Houston led 25-20 after one quarter and 59-56 at the half. The Rockets pulled away in the third, expanding the lead to 80-66 after a three-ball from Artest.
Houston has won the last six meetings...The Rockets held a 47-27 rebounding advantage...Kyle Lowry scored 13 for Houston...Jamal Crawford (strained lower back), Monta Ellis (left ankle), Corey Maggette (concussion) and Brandan Wright (left shoulder) were all out for the Warriors...Golden State tied a season-low with eight turnovers.
04/11 02:26:21 ET