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NBA Game Summary - Houston at San Antonio

(Friday, December 22nd)

Final Score: Houston 97, San Antonio 78

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Yao Ming scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and the Houston Rockets steam-rolled the San Antonio Spurs, 97-78.

Manu Ginobili scored 23 points for the Spurs, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Tony Parker scored 21 points and Tim Duncan suffered through a 4-for-13 evening, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 boards.

Bonzi Wells scored 15 points and raked in seven boards to help the Rockets to the win. Houston, which continues to play without Tracy McGrady as he battles back spasms, had lost four of five coming into the game. Juwan Howard scored 14 points, and Rafer Alston added 12 points and nine assists.

San Antonio was never able to significantly cut into Houston's double-digit lead in the final 12 minutes, and the Rockets coasted to the 19-point win.

The Spurs outscored Houston 23-21 in the third quarter, but still trailed 74-59 entering the fourth quarter.

Houston scored eight straight midway through the first quarter to take an early double-digit lead. Chuck Hayes followed a layup with two free throws, putting the Rockets up 20-10 with 5:31 left in the first. Parker heated up late in the quarter, scoring eight straight to close the first, but the Spurs still trailed 30-21 going into the second.

The Rockets hit on another 8-0 run in the second quarter, this one putting them up 16. A Matt Bonner jumper had brought the Spurs to within 38-30 with 7:12 left, but four straight Houston baskets, closed by a hook shot from Ming, put the Rockets up 46-30 with 4:25 left in the second. Houston led 53-36 at halftime.

Game Notes

The Houston win ended a long string of futility against it's cross-state rival, as the Rockets ended a seven-game skid to San Antonio, and a 17-game losing streak in San Antonio. The Spurs had won 14 of 16 coming into the game, and this was Houston's first win in the AT&T Center, where it is now 1-8 all- time...Shane Battier scored 10 points and grabbed six boards for the Rockets...The Rockets shot a scorching 51.4 percent from the field, but only hit 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from behind the arc.

12/22 23:43:53 ET

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