HOUSTON, Dec. 31 (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady led a comeback, but could not put the Houston Rockets over the top.

McGrady scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, but missed two potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds as the Rockets suffered their fifth consecutive loss, a 94-89 defeat to the Golden State Warriors.

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Houston beat Golden State in overtime on December 14 after a 16-5 run in the final four minutes of regulation. But this time, the rally fell short.

Trailing 90-80 with 90 seconds to go, the Rockets went on a 9-0 run to get within one as McGrady banked in a 3-pointer, Rafer Alston drained a 3-pointer from the corner with 51 seconds to go, and McGrady connected on three free throws with 18 seconds left.

"Every game seems like a close game," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "We're up 11, then McGrady goes bang, bang, bang."

After Derek Fisher's two free throws gave the Warriors a 92-89 advantage with 14 seconds remaining, McGrady missed two shots from beyond the arc and rookie John Lucas III stepped on the sideline with 2.2 seconds to go after rebounding McGrady's second miss.

Golden State forward Troy Murphy then hit two free throws to secure the Warriors' third straight win.

"The odds got to come to you at some point," Montgomery said of McGrady missing the final two 3-pointers near the end. "The first one was under duress. The second one concerned me because he had a really good look.

"We thought about fouling, but with 14 seconds left, too many things can happen."

McGrady, who returned from an ankle injury early in the first quarter, added 10 rebounds and two blocks.

"I don't know if I stepped on his (Golden State's Ike Diogu's) foot or stepped on somebody else's foot," McGrady said. "I know I just rolled my ankle. It's a little sore. It took me a while to get it going because I'm not used to having much tape on my foot."

Baron Davis collected 23 points and seven assists and Jason Richardson added 22 points for the Warriors.

"Our guards on this trip have been really, really good," Montgomery said.

Stopping the 6-8 McGrady presented a different type of problem.

"That's why T-Mac is who he is," Davis said. "You've got to stay focused when he's on the court. He's capable of scoring a lot of points in a short period of time."

"He's so hard to defend," Richardson said. "He's like 6-10 with a 10-foot wingspan."

The Warriors led 74-66 after three quarters, but scored only two points in the first six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter. Golden State also dribbled the shot clock away and was forced into long contested jump shots, which fueled Houston's late rally.

"The back-to-back games really took its toll on our team," said Montgomery, whose team defeated Dallas, 111-109, on Friday. "The guys were tired. You could see their legs were tired."

"We started missing some shots we normally make," Richardson said. "It was a little fatigue."

The rookie Diogu, doing the dirty work inside, scored seven of the Warriors' first 13 points in the fourth quarter.

"We were physical like coach told us to be," Diogu said.

Houston shot just 22 percent (5-of-23) from beyond the arc.

"We're not a good shooting team," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "One of the things we did last year so well was shoot the (3-pointer). This year, obviously, we're not a real good 3-point shooting team."

Stromile Swift, who scored a season high 26 on Wednesday at New Orleans, gave the Rockets a boost with 17 points and 13 rebounds.