NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Houston
(Friday, February 26th)
Final Score: Houston 109, San Antonio 104
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin finished with 33 points, Aaron Brooks had 31 and Luis Scola ended with a career-high 30, as the Houston Rockets made team history in a 109-104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
It is the first time that three Rockets players had at least 30 points in a single contest, as the trio combined to go 30-of-64 from the field and 32- of-32 from the foul line.
Martin's point total is the highest he has recorded since the Rockets acquired him from Sacramento last week, while Scola had 13 rebounds for Houston, which snapped a three-game slide. The Rockets also broke a four-game slide at home.
George Hill had 26 points to pace the Spurs, who have dropped three of four. Tim Duncan added 17 points and eight rebounds, but the other three San Antonio starters finished with zero points, going 0-for-8 from the floor.
The Spurs, playing without Tony Parker because of food poisoning, got 15 points from Richard Jefferson. Manu Ginobili hauled in a season-high 10 boards but shot only 1-for-8 and had eight points.
"We turned the ball over early and shot poorly tonight," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "[The Rockets] were real crisp and sharp in execution, offensively, and that was a bad combo with our bad team defense, bad shooting and turnovers."
The Rockets led by double digits for much of the game and were ahead 105-92 after a Brooks jumper with 3:13 left, but the Spurs scored the next 10 points to make it a one-possession game.
Jefferson had a pair of layups to begin the run, which Hill closed with a three with 8.6 seconds to play. It got San Antonio within 105-102, but Brooks made 4-of-4 from the line in the remaining time to secure the victory.
"This was an emotional game," Brooks said. "To get that lead and have them battle back like that, showed the character of our team. Our offense got going early and our defense was spaced well to where we got points off turnovers. We need to build on this and try to carry this momentum as long as we can."
Houston already held a seven-point lead nearly midway through the first when it ran off eight consecutive points. Martin closed the burst with two free throws for a 25-10 advantage, and the Rockets took a 31-14 lead into the second quarter.
Houston's lead stood at 59-41 at halftime, and the Rockets were ahead by as many as 23 in the third before taking an 85-69 advantage to the fourth.
The Spurs opened the final quarter with a seven-point run, cutting the deficit to 85-76 on Hill's three-pointer, but Houston responded with a Shane Battier free throw and two buckets from Martin to restore a double-digit edge, which the Rockets held down the stretch.
Scola and Martin each made 14-of-14 foul shots...After Scola, Martin and Brooks, Battier was the Rockets' next-highest scorer with seven points. Battier added seven rebounds and five assists...Roger Mason and DeJuan Blair added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Spurs, who held a 46-38 rebounding edge and won the battle in the paint, 56-42...The Rockets scored 21 points off 16 Spurs turnovers.
02/27 00:47:38 ET