Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin scored 30 points and pulled down five rebounds, as the Houston Rockets held off the Golden State Warriors, 121-112, at Oracle Arena. Luis Scola added 20 points, nine boards and six assists for the Rockets, who have won three in a row and five of six overall. Shane Battier chipped in with 14 points and five assists.
Monta Ellis poured in 44 points and dished out seven assists for the Warriors, who have lost nine of 10. David Lee tallied 19 points and six rebounds. Golden State guard Stephen Curry missed his fifth straight game with an ankle injury.
Trailing by two, 96-94, with 6:10 to play, the Rockets put together a 21-7 run to claim victory. Martin got the surge started with a layup and three-pointer. Scola then made a hook shot to give Houston a 101-96 edge with 3:56 remaining. Ellis made a jumper and Lee recorded a three-point play around Martin’s slam to pull Golden State within two, 103-101, with 3:07 left.
Battier made a three-pointer to spark a 7-0 Houston flurry. Kyle Lowry and Martin each made two free throws during the small burst to give the Rockets a 110-101 lead. After Reggie Williams made a pair of free throws for the Warriors, Battier made a shot from beyond the arc and Martin made two foul shots for a 115-103 game with 51.2 seconds to go.
The first quarter ended in a 26-26 tie, and Houston led 50-46 at the half. The Rockets led by as many as 10 in the third, but took an 81-75 margin into the fourth. The Warriors started the fourth on a 16-6 run to take a 91-87 lead with 8:05 remaining.
The Rockets have won 14 of 19 and 15 of the last 21 meetings between the teams…Houston made 26-of-34 shots from the charity stripe, while Golden State made 19-of-27…Lowry had 13 points and eight assists.