NBA Game Summary - Houston at Golden State
(Thursday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Houston 111, Golden State 109
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Aaron Brooks scored a game-high 25 points and made a pair of game-winning foul shots in the final seconds, as the Houston Rockets rallied to continue their recent dominance over the Golden State Warriors with a 111-109 victory at ORACLE Arena.
Brooks also had seven assists for the Rockets, who have won eight straight versus Golden State. Carl Landry added 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Trevor Ariza ended with 18 points and five boards while Luis Scola chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which has won three in a row.
"The intensity of the game definitely brought on what we did. They played hard and we played harder. We got stops when we needed them," said Ariza.
Monta Ellis finished with 24 points, eight assists, and six rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost two in a row and four of five overall. Ellis also had nine turnovers. Anthony Morrow tallied 21 points and five assists. Vladimir Radmanovic had 20 points, eight boards, and six assists in defeat.
"It's very disappointing, we had the game and we let it slip through our hands. So we really just have to stick together and we have another game Saturday so we have to stick together and tough the next one out," said Morrow.
Down 103-93 with 6:20 to play, the Rockets ripped off 12 straight points to take the lead. Landry capped the burst with a pair of foul shots and a layup to give Houston a 105-103 margin with 2:20 to go.
The game was tied at 107 after Ellis made two from the foul line with 1:20 remaining. Kyle Lowry made a driving layup at the other end to put the Rockets ahead by two with 55.9 seconds left.
Ellis turned the ball over on the ensuing Golden State possession, but Brooks failed to capitalize by missing a three-pointer. Morrow then tied things up at 109 with 13.3 ticks remaining.
Brooks drove to the hoop before pulling up for a jumper. C.J. Watson fouled Brooks on the shot and he made both foul shots with 2.1 seconds left to give Houston a 111-109 edge.
The Warriors had a chance to tie or win the contest, but Ellis was called for traveling.
The teams played to a 28-28 tie after 12 minutes of play. The Rockets went on a 14-6 run to begin the second period. Chase Budinger capped the spurt with 10 straight points, including a trey to put Houston ahead 42-34 with less than 8 1/2 minutes until half.
Golden State got within two points twice in stanza but trailed 58-51 heading into the locker room.
After the Warriors went in front 69-64 early in the third, the Rockets scored seven straight points to grab the lead back. Brooks made a three-pointer before Scola tallied four consecutive points for a 71-69 margin with under seven minutes left.
Golden State scored six straight points later in the frame, which helped the Warriors take an 89-83 lead into the fourth.
Corey Maggette's pair of foul shots early in the fourth gave the Warriors a 93-83 margin.
Houston forward Shane Battier had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high six blocks....Houston has won 11 of the last 15 overall matchups between the teams. The Rockets have also won their last five trips to Oakland and are 23-5 in the previous 28 games as the visitor in this series...Golden State head coach Don Nelson, who has been battling a case of pneumonia, was back on the bench after missing the past five games.
12/04 02:27:44 ET