NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Houston
(Tuesday, February 13th)
Final Score: Houston 109, Sacramento 104 (OT)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and dished out 12 assists as the Houston Rockets bested the Sacramento Kings, 109-104, in overtime at the Toyota Center.
Ron Artest tied a career-high with 39 points, making 12-of-23 shots and going 10-for-11 from the foul line in a losing effort. Artest also had eight rebounds for Sacramento, which has lost two in a row. Kevin Martin added 21 points and Mike Bibby 13 for the Kings.
"I give our team a lot of credit," said Kings coach Eric Musselman. "Everyone was phenomenal for both teams. I'm proud of our team's effort, and it was a shame that somebody had to lose."
Shane Battier registered 25 points and Rafer Alston pitched in with 18 for the Rockets, who have won four of five and eight of their last 10 games overall. Luther Head scored 15 points and Chuck Hayes had 14 rebounds for Houston, which has won three in a row and six of its last seven home games.
Artest made two free throws with 1:47 left in overtime to put the Kings up 104-103, but McGrady drained a fadeaway with 1:29 remaining to put the Rockets up for good.
Head deposited a driving layup with 32 seconds left, and on the ensuing possession forced John Salmons into a turnover, which helped seal the deal for Houston. Head then hit two more foul shots.
"It wasn't pretty, but we really found a way to win tonight and once we got the crowd in the game, the crowd was outstanding, said Battier. "It really gave us a lift, especially on defense. These are the sort of wins that add up and really make a difference at the end of the year. We didn't give in, we fought and we will take the win."
The Kings led 25-22 after the first 12 minutes of play. Sacramento extended its lead to 47-35 midway through the second session.
Houston responded by embarking on a 21-6 run, capped by an Alston three with seven seconds remaining in the half to put the Rockets up 54-51 at the break.
A 16-3 run early in the third helped Sacramento to an 80-77 advantage heading into the final quarter.
McGrady's layup put Houston ahead, 97-94 with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Artest answered with a three to tie it at 97 with 34 seconds remaining. After Houston and Sacramento both turned the ball over, McGrady missed a triple at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
Houston's Bonzi Wells played for the first time against his former team scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in just under 28 minutes...The Rockets outrebounded Sacramento 50-38...Houston won for the first time in 14 games when trailing after three quarters...Houston has won five of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
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