NBA Game Summary - Houston at San Antonio
(Friday, November 16th)
Final Score: San Antonio 90, Houston 84
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 25 points and 13 rebounds to pace the San Antonio Spurs to a 90-84 win over the Houston Rockets.
Manu Ginobili added 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Spurs, who rebounded from a 13-point loss at Dallas on Wednesday and moved to 8-2 on the season. Michael Finley chipped in 17 points and Tony Parker 14 for San Antonio, which shot 9-of-16 from three-point range.
Luis Scola, who was traded from the Spurs to Houston in the offseason, had 20 points to lead the Rockets. Yao Ming chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, but also had seven turnovers for Houston, losers of three straight.
The Rockets pulled within 86-84 with 1:54 left on a Yao jumper, and had a chance to take the lead, but Luther Head missed a three with 1:16 to go.
Ginobili then hit a driving layup with just under a minute left.
Houston had a few opportunities to get closer, but Yao missed a turnaround shot, Rafer Alston missed a jumper, and Yao had an attempt blocked by Duncan with under 10 seconds left.
Parker sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
Shane Battier scored 16 and Mike James tallied 10 points for the Rockets, who shot 50.7 percent from the field. Houston played without standout Tracy McGrady, who was out with a strained right elbow.
"That was a win we had to have," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Obviously Houston was at a disadvantage without Tracy, so it's one of those tough evenings. Those are the games you don't want to lose - the other team's fired up and if they get that win it's kind of a double-win for them and if you lose the game when you have the advantage, you feel doubly bad about it."
The first quarter was tight throughout with the Spurs holding a 25-24 lead after 12 minutes. Houston pushed ahead 42-33 in the second following a pair of Battier free throws.
However, San Antonio came back with a nine-point run later in the half, tying the game at 42 on a Duncan bank shot. It was 49-46 Spurs at the half.
San Antonio led by as many as nine in the third before settling for a 69-64 edge going into the fourth. The Spurs stretched that cushion to 78-70 before Houston rallied to tie it at 80 on a Scola jumper with 3:48 left.
The Spurs are 6-0 at home this season. They will visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday...Houston won the season's first meeting, 89-81, at home on November 6, but the Spurs have won nine of the last 12 encounters...Houston has lost 25 of its last 29 at San Antonio.
11/17 01:44:15 ET