Sunday, January 30, 2005

Rockets Lose, No Bueno

- from the Official Site of the Houston Rockets

Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings stole a win from the Houston Rockets.

Webber sank a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation, then created the clinching turnover in overtime by eavesdropping on the huddle as the Kings rallied for a 117-111 victory over the Rockets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Webber scored 30 points, Mike Bibby added 28 and 14 assists and Cuttino Mobley had 24 in his return to Houston. The trio combined to score Sacramento's last 21 points.

The Rockets positioned themselves to win behind the hot shooting of Scott Padgett, who made his first eight shots, including six from the arc. His 3-pointer made it 101-98 with 2:02 remaining and he answered Webber's two free throws with a jumper for a 103-100 edge with 44 seconds to go.

Bibby and Tracy McGrady traded misses before the Kings took over with 4.7 seconds left. Webber took the inbounds pass, faked a handoff to Bibby and drained a 3-pointer over McGrady with 1.3 seconds to play.

Padgett opened overtime with another 3-pointer, but Mobley tied it with one of his own, then countered McGrady's jumper with a 3-pointer in front of the Houston bench and coach Jeff Van Gundy, with whom he was at odds last season.

That gave Sacramento the lead for good at 109-108 with 2:58 remaining. Webber and Bibby added jumpers before a three-point play by Yao Ming pulled Houston within 113-111 with 22 seconds remaining.

The Rockets fouled Bibby and huddled near their bench as Van Gundy drew up a play. Webber peered in, picked up the play and informed his teammates as Bibby sank both free throws for a 115-111 lead with 15 seconds to go.

With Houston's options cut off, Padgett committed a turnover and Mobley added two foul shots to close the scoring.

Brad Miller had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who bounced back from Thursday's loss at San Antonio and won for the eighth time in 10 games. Both losses during that stretch have been to the Spurs.

McGrady had 30 points and 12 assists and Padgett scored 22 points for the Rockets.

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