Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson combined for 11 points in the second overtime last night to pace the Houston Rockets to a 139-127 victory over the Mavericks in Dallas.
Official Earl Strom called six technical fouls on the Mavericks, including two on Coach Dick Motta and two on Mark Aguirre. Both were ejected.
Houston blew a 106-99 lead with 4:07 left in regulation. With the game tied at 112, Dallas' Jay Vincent missed a 15-foot jump shot as the buzzer sounded. Dallas took a 117-114 lead, but John Lucas scored three points to tie it and the first overtime wound up at 119-119 after Olajuwon blocked a shot by Brad Davis with one second to go.
The teams each scored to start the second overtime, but the Rockets ran off 13 straight points -- four by Olajuwon, two from Sampson and five from Lewis Lloyd.
Lloyd and Lucas each scored 28 points and Olajuwon had 27. Olajuwon, however, missed four free throws down the stretch in regulation and missed four more in the first overtime.
The Mavericks were paced by Vincent with 23 points. Sam Perkins and Rolando Blackman each had 22.
The Mavericks hit seven three-point shots. Lucas made three for the Rockets.
Aguirre was ejected by Strom as the teams headed for the locker rooms at halftime. He had been called for his first technical four minutes into the game.
Strom refused to comment after the game, saying Aguirre committed an unsportsmanlike act.
But the head of Reunion Arena security said Strom told him at the half: "He (Aguirre) put his hand right up in my face."
After the game, the Mavericks showed a videotape replay of the incident, showing Aguirre to be six to ten feet from Strom and walking away when Strom called the technical.
"Strom started after him," said Motta, "and Mark walked away. I can't say a lot because I feel there is going to be a hearing on this fiasco."
During the third period Dallas' Rolando Blackman and Houston's Lionel Hollins took turns throwing the basketball at each other and double technical fouls were called.
"He (Strom) came over to our bench," said Motta, "and grabbed (assistant coach) Bob Weiss by the arm and said he wanted to explain it to him.
"He can't do that. He is supposed to explain it to the captain. Then he said to me that he would explain it to me if I was interested. I said I wasn't particularly interested in hearing it. So he gave me a technical."
In response to the back-to-back technicals on Motta, Dallas fans threw ice and debris on the court.