Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 2: Saturday, December 31st
Game 3: Friday, February 24th
Game 4: Friday, April 7th

Rockets 111

(8-12, 5-6 away)

Warriors 105

(13-9, 8-6 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, December 14, 2005

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

1 2 3 4 OT T
HOU 24 31 16 27 13111
GS 18 29 30 21 7105

Top Performers

Houston: Y. Ming 30 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Golden State: B. Davis 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 13 Ast, 2 Stl

Yao, Rockets get by Warriors in OT

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 Wednesday night.

Tracy McGrady overcame a terrible second half to score 23 points, and David Wesley added 19 in the Rockets' third straight win on a six-game road trip.

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.

Davis had 27 points and 13 assists, Jason Richardson had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Troy Murphy added 19 points for the Warriors.

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 half-court tempo.

Game notes

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 111 105
FGM-FGA 39-80 (.488) 37-89 (.416)
3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 15-37 (.405)
FTM-FTA 25-35 (.714) 16-23 (.696)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-61 7-32
Assists 24 29
Turnovers 20 8
Steals 3 7
Blocks 7 2
Fast Break Points 14 27
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 10 11

Top Performers

Golden State
Yao Ming Ming
Points: 30
Reb: 16
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Baron Davis Davis
Points: 27
Reb: 6
Ast: 13
Stl: 2
Blk: 0