NBA Game Summary - Houston at Atlanta
(Friday, November 20th)
Final Score: Atlanta 105, Houston 103
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith skied to slam home Mike Bibby's missed jump shot with 0.7 seconds left, giving the Hawks their seventh straight win, 105-103, over the Houston Rockets at Philips Arena.
Smith, who sat all but 44 seconds of the fourth quarter due to foul trouble, was inserted into the game with 9.9 seconds left. Simultaneously, Carl Landry also came on for Houston and drew a foul on Al Horford under the cylinder with five seconds on the clock. He made both to tie the game at 103 and set up the Hawks' heroics.
"My man and Bibby's man stayed close...and all I wanted to do is crash the boards. Just in case he missed I was there for the put-back," said Smith. "That's all that matters -- it just matters about that last shot. It was big for our team and it gave us the win."
Marvin Williams went for a game-best 29 points on 13-of-19 shooting while bringing down nine rebounds for Southeast Division-leading Atlanta, which improved to 7-0 at home this season in the last of a four-game homestand.
Jamal Crawford dropped 21 points and Joe Johnson scored 19 with nine assists and six boards. Horford checked in with 17 points and six rebounds in the win.
Luis Scola posted 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Landry went for 18 and eight for the Rockets, who have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games. Trevor Ariza notched 16 points and secured eight boards, while Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowry scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.
"(Smith) made a huge play. He hustled -- everybody knows how high he jumps. He got the ball and put it back in. It was a great play," Scola said of Smith's final bucket.
Houston quickly erased Atlanta's five-point edge entering the fourth with a 12-2 surge to open the period. David Andersen had a pair of layups drop, and Chase Budinger capped it off with a three-ball for an 84-79 Rockets lead a little over three minutes in.
Down six two minutes later, Atlanta regained control on a 13-0 run. Crawford drained a three to help carry the surge and Johnson scored four, including the final two, for a seven-point lead with four minutes to go.
Crawford knocked down a three moments later for a 10-point advantage, 102-92, but Kyle Lowry scored seven of the game's next 10 points and completed a three-point play with 30.5 seconds left to cut the margin to 103-101.
"It was a really tough game. I think we played good, (it's) just the Hawks were better," said Scola. "We came back. We were right there. We were down 10 and tied the game."
The Hawks took a 28-26 edge into the second quarter and emerged at the break having doubled their lead to 55-51 on late three-pointers by Crawford and Williams.
The clubs played a tight third quarter as well, with the Hawks' largest lead at eight, 75-67, after a Williams three-pointer with 1:51 to play.
Lowry answered with a shot from beyond the arc to make it a five-point game, and that would be the margin, 77-72, heading into the final 12 minutes.
Houston and Atlanta split a pair of meetings last season. The Rockets had won three of the last four matchups between the clubs but have dropped seven of the last nine at Philips Arena...Atlanta owns the best record in the Eastern Conference at 11-2.
11/20 22:56:55 ET