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                    === Parker, Spurs down Rockets in OT ===
 
 Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker recorded the first triple-double of
 his  career  with 27  points, 12 rebounds  and 12 assists,  as the San Antonio
 Spurs needed overtime to beat the Houston Rockets, 134-126.
 
 Gary  Neal made seven 3-pointers en route to 29 points for the Spurs, who have
 won five in a row. Manu Ginobili tallied 22 points and six assists.
 
 Tim  Duncan had a  double-double with 10 points and 13 boards for San Antonio,
 which  improved to 11-2 on the road this season. Danny Green donated 14 points
 and six rebounds.
 
 Jeremy  Lin tied a  career high with 38 points while dishing out seven assists
 for  the  Rockets, who have dropped  three straight. Omer Asik added 21 points
 and 10 boards.
 
 "It's  tough obviously,"  Lin said. "I am  thankful that I was able to kind of
 get comfortable out there, but that's definitely secondary to the fact that we
 blew another close game. I had the ball to win it and didn't get a shot up and
 so this one definitely hurts."
 
 Chandler  Parsons finished  with 20 points and seven boards for Houston, which
 played without guard James Harden due to a right ankle injury.
 
 Trailing by nine, 107-98, with 8:32 to play in regulation, the Spurs went on a
 12-0 run to take the lead. Parker and Neal made 3-pointers during the burst to
 give the visitors a 110-107 edge.
 
 Parsons  stopped the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers to put Houston back in
 front. He added another shot from beyond the arc following Neal's 3-pointer.
 
 Parker  got the Spurs within one, 116-115, on a layup with 3:08 left. Ginobili
 added a 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining to give San Antonio a 120-118 margin.
 
 Duncan  blocked Parsons'  layup to give the Spurs the ball back. However, Neal
 missed a 3-pointer and Green missed a layup.
 
 Green was called for a loose ball foul after Lin missed a 15-foot jumper. Asik
 used  the glass to make a 14-foot jumper, which tied the game at 120 with 37.3
 seconds to go.
 
 Houston had a chance to take the lead following a missed jumper by Parker. The
 Spurs played good defense on Lin and caused a shot clock violation.
 
 Carlos Delfino blocked Duncan's jumper at the other end to force overtime.
 
 Holding  a 124-122  lead with 2:57 remaining in the extra session, San Antonio
 went on a 6-0 spurt. Neal made a 3-pointer and Ginobili recorded a three-point
 play to make it a 130-122 contest.
 
 The Rockets never got closer than six the rest of the way.
 
 "It  was a  crazy  game," Neal  said.  "It  went in  overtime,  they came  out
 aggressively, made a lot of shots. I mean they shot the ball terrifically from
 3  point  and we  were able  to hang  in there and  keep it  close and we were
 finally able to string some shots together to kind of send it into overtime so
 you know it was an up and down game but we came out on top."
 
 The  first half featured  five ties and five lead changes. The Spurs headed to
 the locker room with a 64-63 lead.
 
 Houston  ended the third  period on a 12-3 run to take a 93-91 margin into the
 fourth.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 San  Antonio has  won three straight against Houston. The Spurs had lost three
 in  a row at Houston ... The Rockets fell to 0-2 since head coach Kevin McHale
 returned to the bench Saturday after taking a leave of absence Nov. 10 ... The
 Rockets  went 16-of-30  from beyond  the arc  ... Spurs  forward DeJuan  Blair
 returned  to the lineup after missing Saturday's 132-102 stomping of Charlotte
 with a sprained left ankle. He had nine points.
 
 
 12/11 00:52:55 ET