Brent Barry hit three three-pointers during a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter to help the San Antonio Spurs, at home, rally for a 83-70 win over Houston yesterday, the Rockets' lowest-scoring game of the season.
The Rockets, who trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, went ahead 60-55 on a 23-foot jumper by Tracy McGrady with 10 minutes 31 seconds left in the game. The basket was the last of the game for McGrady, who finished with 26 points.
Barry tied it at 60 with 8:07 remaining with his first three-pointer. Then the Spurs' defense took over, swarming the ball and collapsing on Yao Ming. Yao also had only one basket in the final quarter and ended with 18 points.
Houston missed all but one of its six shots during San Antonio's decisive run. The Spurs, who shot only 36 percent in the game, hit 6 of 7 attempts beginning with Barry's first three-pointer.
Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 18 points, while Barry had 17 and Robert Horry 12. Bruce Bowen and Tony Parker each scored 11 for the Spurs, who improved to 3-5 this season without injured forward Tim Duncan.
The win also gave the Spurs a split of the season series with Houston, which came into the game with a 10-3 record in March.
McGrady showed no ill effects after straining his right hip in Friday night's win in New Orleans. He was listed as questionable before the game, but ended up playing 44 minutes.
The Rockets' previous low was 72 in a one-point to Detroit on Nov. 30.
TIMBERWOLVES 89, CLIPPERS 85: Kevin Garnett had 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Minnesota at home.
Garnett struggled for the second straight game, making just 8 of 24 field goals. Sam Cassell scored 16 points off the bench to help the Timberwolves win their fourth straight game.
76ERS 96, LAKERS 89: Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and tied his career high with 15 assists, and visiting Philadelphia overcame a horrendous shooting performance by the NBA's leading scorer to beat Los Angeles.
Iverson, who entered shooting 42.1 percent and averaging 30.5 points, shot 2 for 20 in the first three quarters and 5 of 28 overall along with 10 of 14 from the foul line.