Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)
Series starts 10/15
7:30 PM ET, October 15, 2002
HOUSTON (AP) -- Cuttino Mobley scored 18 of his 22 points in the
second half to lead the Houston Rockets to a 96-93 victory over the
San Antonio Spurs in a preseason game Tuesday night.
Kenny Thomas had 13 points, Terence Morris 12 and Glen Rice and
Maurice Taylor 10 each for the Rockets (2-0).
San Antonio (2-2) was led by Tony Parker with 15 points,
followed by Tim Duncan with 14 and Stephen Jackson with 13.
Houston led 62-61 with 5:37 left in the third period. Mobley
then scored nine of Houston's next 16 points to boost the Rockets
to a 78-69 advantage at the end of the quarter.
A 3-point shot by Jackson cut the Houston lead to 91-89 with
1:40 left, but a 3-point shot by Taylor and a basket by Mobley gave
Houston a 96-91 edge with 1:03 left and secured the victory.
Houston took a 20-14 lead with 5:05 left in the first period
after outscoring the Spurs 13-2. The Rockets led 30-24 going into
the second quarter.
The Rockets opened an 11-point lead midway through the second
quarter after scoring 11 straight, six by Oscar Torres, to make it
Houston held a 54-48 advantage at the half.
Houston's Moochie Norris dislocated the little finger on his
right hand in the first quarter and did not return. The team said
he would be out about three weeks.