OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Rookie guard Luther Head hit a tying
3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in regulation, Yao Ming scored four
of his 30 points in overtime and the Houston Rockets won for the
fifth time in six games, 111-105 over the Golden State Warriors on
Houston made an impressive 16-5 rally in the final 4 minutes of
regulation before executing superbly in overtime to steal it from
the Warriors, who lost for the third time in four games.
One night after Baron Davis hit a 3-pointer in the final second
of a 110-107 overtime victory at Seattle, Golden State blew an
11-point lead and then didn't have much energy in overtime.
Head scored just seven points, but was the unlikely hero after
Derek Fisher hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds left in
regulation. Head inbounded the ball to Yao and took the return
pass, calmly tying it at 98.
The lead changed hands on each of the first five baskets of
overtime, but Wesley made a layup and a steal before Ryan Bowen's
two free throws put Houston up 108-103 with 54.4 seconds left.
Golden State relied mostly on a season-high 37 3-point attempts,
making 15. Davis had five and Richardson added four -- but when the
Warriors started to miss, they were doomed.
The Warriors already have shot about 200 more 3-pointers than
their opponents this season, and they put up 27 in the first three
quarters rather than challenging Yao and Dikembe Mutombo down low.
Golden State scored just 22 points in the paint.
The Warriors led 93-82 with 4 minutes left, but McGrady hit a
3-pointer over two defenders with 32 seconds to play, cutting the
lead to 96-95. Golden State thought it had escaped when Wesley
dribbled the ball off his knee and out of bounds with 5.9 seconds
left, setting up Fisher's free throws.
After Head's 3-pointer, Richardson's buzzer-beating attempt was
blocked by McGrady, who went scoreless in the second half before
scoring seven points in the final 3:22.
Houston dominated the first half, making nearly 58 percent of
its shots and outrebounding the tired Warriors 26-14 on the way to
a 55-47 lead. Golden State jumped ahead with 15 consecutive points
in the third quarter, holding Houston scoreless for nearly 5
minutes while wrenching the game out of the Rockets' favored
Yao always draws thousands of Chinese-American fans from
the Bay Area's huge population when he plays in Oakland, but The
Arena was about 1,000 short of capacity. ... The Warriors open a
five-game Eastern road trip Friday at Toronto. ... Davis scored the
Warriors' first nine points. ... Richardson turned his left ankle
midway through the second period, falling into the cheerleaders
along the baseline, but stayed in the game. ... Murphy grabbed just
two rebounds in 42 minutes of play.