NBA Game Summary - Houston at Charlotte
(Saturday, December 18th)
Final Score: Charlotte 101, Houston 100 (OT)
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Emeka Okafor posted his 12th straight double- double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bobcats scored all seven of their overtime points from the foul line on the way to a 101-100 victory over Houston at Charlotte Arena.
The Bobcats have won two straight games for the first time in franchise history, with both victories coming in overtime.
All of Okafor's 12 consecutive double-doubles have been in points and rebounds. His dunk with three seconds remaining in regulation tied the game.
Keith Bogans added 19 points for Charlotte, and Gerald Wallace had 15.
Tracy McGrady scored 29 points to lead the Rockets, who had a two-game win streak snapped. McGrady nailed a long jumper late in the fourth quarter to give Houston a brief two-point lead before Okafor's dunk tied the game.
Wallace gave the Bobcats the lead for good at 98-96 with a pair of foul shots inside the 2:00 mark over overtime. McGrady had a chance to tie it at 98 moments, but he missed one of his two free throws.
Wallace hit another free throw to make it 99-97 with 19 seconds left, and Jamal Sampson sealed the win with two more foul shots. McGrady hit a long, but meaningless, three-pointer at the buzzer.
Charlotte held a 60-57 lead early in the third quarter, but the Rockets used an 8-0 run to go ahead 65-60. Jim Jackson hit a three-pointer in the midst of the spurt to make it 62-60, and Houston didn't fall behind again until the Bobcats took a brief 86-85 lead with 4:00 left in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets scored just 11 points in the fourth, including four from Yao Ming before he fouled out with 3:32 remaining. Yao finished with 16 points.
The other seven points came from McGrady, whose 20-foot jumper over Bogans gave Houston a 94-92 lead with just eight seconds remaining in regulation. Charlotte tied the game after a timeout, pulling even at 94 when Brevin Knight found Okafor under the basket for a dunk with three seconds left.
The Rockets then botched the inbounds at the other end, sending the game into overtime.
"We lost the game on bad fouls and turnovers in the fourth quarter," said Houston head coach Jeff Van Gundy. "I'm very disappointed in the way we played."
Charlotte held the largest lead in the first quarter at six points after Bogans capped an 8-2 burst with a three-pointer to make it 17-11.
But the Rockets carried a 31-28 edge into the second and went ahead by as many as six points when a Maurice Taylor bucket gave them a 41-35 advantage midway through.
Houston shot 45 percent in the first half on the way to a 53-49 lead at the break, with McGrady's 13 points leading all players. Charlotte shot just 37 percent in the half.
All six of the Bobcats' wins this season have come at home. They beat New Orleans 94-93 in overtime on Tuesday to snap a four-game losing streak....This was the first ever meeting between these teams...The Rockets have lost five straight road games.
12/18 23:20:43 ET