Duncan, McDyess carry Spurs over Rockets
HOUSTON(AP) Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess recorded double-doubles, Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs earned their first road win of the season with a 92-84 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Duncan had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and McDyess added 15 points and 14 boards as the Spurs won for the first time in five games away from home.
Luis Scola had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Trevor Ariza added 17 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for Houston.
The Rockets were doomed by a 7 1/2-minute scoring drought to start the third quarter and shot 36 percent from the field (33 of 92) for the game. Their point total was a season low.
Still, Houston had a chance to pull it out after Carl Landry grabbed an offensive rebound over Duncan to make it 86-84 with 40.5 seconds left.
Richard Jefferson sank two free throws to stretch the lead to 88-84. Aaron Brooks then missed a 20-footer at the other end, George Hill rebounded and was smacked in the face by Kyle Lowry on the way down.
Hill got up with a bloody nose, but made the resulting free throws with 28 seconds left. He left the court immediately after hitting the second shot, and the Spurs held on from there.
The Spurs went 26 of 34 from the free throw line and beat Houston for the 13th time in the last 19 meetings.
San Antonio missed 10 of its first 14 shots and Houston took the early lead. Ariza and Scola scored all 23 of the Rockets' first-quarter points on 10-for-17 shooting - the rest of the team went 0-for-7.
Lowry was the third Rocket to score, sinking free throws with 11:06 left in the half to give Houston a 25-19 lead. The Spurs then mounted a quick 12-3 run with five reserves on the floor to take their first lead.
Brooks scored all seven of his first-half points in the last 90 seconds, driving for a layup just before the horn to put the Rockets ahead 46-44 at the break.
The Spurs opened the second half with a 14-0 run as Houston missed its first 16 shots out of halftime. Scola's jumper from the foul line ended the Rockets' drought with 4:37 left in the third quarter and cut the Spurs' lead to 58-48.
The Rockets missed 20 of 24 shots and mustered only 12 points in the third quarter, a season low, to trail 68-58.
The Spurs coughed up six turnovers in the first eight minutes of the final quarter and the Rockets closed the gap to three. Duncan hit a running one-hander and a free throw to put the Spurs ahead 82-76.
Lowry lost the ball on Houston's next possession and McDyess swished a jumper from the baseline with 1:45 left, prompting fans to head for the exits. Those fans missed the tense final moments, when the Spurs' offense bogged down and the Rockets made one last rally.
NOTES: Rockets F Shane Battier did not score, ending his streak of games with a 3-pointer at 27. ... Duncan recorded his seventh double-double of the season. ... Ariza went 4 for 10 from the field in the first quarter, but finished 6-for-21. ... Spurs G Manu Ginobili missed his fifth straight game with a strained groin. Coach Gregg Popovich said Ginobili may return for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
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