NBA Game Summary - Houston at Sacramento
(Saturday, January 13th)
Final Score: Houston 115, Sacramento 111 (OT)
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady scored 37 points and tallied nine assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Sacramento Kings, 115-111, in overtime.
Rafer Alston scored 22 points and had eight assists for the Rockets, who won their fourth straight. Juwan Howard scored 17 points, and Luther Head had 14 points in the win. Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 11 points for the Rockets.
Artest scored 34 points for the Kings, who fell for the fifth straight game. Corliss Williamson had a monster night off the Sacramento bench, scoring 30 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 15 points, and Kevin Martin added 14 points in the losing effort.
Williamson laid the ball in with 17 seconds left in overtime to pull the Kings to within 111-108. Alston hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds, though, and the Rockets held on for the win.
Artest tied the game at 101-101 with 3.3 seconds left in regulation with a banked-in three-pointer from well beyond the arc, but the Kings simply ran out of gas in the extra session.
On the ensuing inbounds, the Rockets came dangerously close to a five-second call, but the officials awarded them a timeout. A McGrady jumper bounced harmlessly off the front rim as time expired, and the game headed for an extra session.
The Rockets opened the third quarter with six straight points, taking a 53-52 lead in a Howard free throw with 9:45 left. Houston held the lead for most of the quarter, but the Kings were able to pull to within 77-75 on a John Salmons jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.
Sacramento led 26-25 after one quarter of play, and the Kings took a 52-46 lead into halftime.
The Kings shot 50.7 percent from the field, but only hit 5-of-17 from behind the arc (29.4 percent)...Houston hit 25-of-28 (89.3 percent) from the free- throw line and went 12-of-31 from three-point range.
01/14 01:24:15 ET