"They were using a lot of strategy against me that I didn't
really like," Yao said. "They were doing a lot of hitting. I
didn't like the way they were playing me."
Though he played 50 minutes, Yao didn't look tired in the third
overtime as he scored six points in the first two minutes.
"I still thought I was very tired," he said. "I was tired to
the point I felt numb. But I just had to keep going."
Yao was 15-of-21 from the field, 11-of-13 from the line, and had
16 rebounds and seven assists.
"I thought we needed every play we could get down the stretch
from a lot of different guys," Van Gundy said. "Yao obviously
came through with a lot of big baskets."
Atlanta coach Terry Stotts was impressed by Yao.
"We played zone to contain Yao and he still had 41 points,"
Stotts said. "He's a heck of a presence. That last shot he made
was a great example of how good he is. He has a soft touch."
"He's got skills," Przybilla said. "It's not all about the
height. It's about what you do with your skill. Tonight he was on.
"He's too big to play in front of so I tried to stay behind
him. He's a strong guy. He's stronger than he was last year. He can
get his shot off whenever he wants."
Steve Francis had 16 points, including nine in the overtimes,
but fouled out with 37 seconds left in the third extra period.
In the third overtime, Yao scored Houston's first six points,
but Stephen Jackson tied it with one of two free throws with 47
seconds remaining, and Bob Sura scored with 37 seconds to go to
give the Hawks a 122-120 lead.
Yao then hit a short jumper with 23 seconds left and Mobley made
one of two free throws with 8 seconds to play.
Yao hit a layup with 32 seconds to play in regulation to put
Houston up 94-91, but Atlanta's Chris Crawford made a 3-pointer
with 25 seconds to play to tie it at 94.
Francis then forced the second overtime, hitting a 3-pointer
with 2 seconds to play in the first extra period.
Jason Terry hit a 3 with 54 seconds left to give the Hawks a
114-111 lead in the second overtime. Jim Jackson countered with a 3
from the corner to tie it with 5 seconds left.
Jim Jackson finished with 17 points. Terry led Atlanta with 27
points, and Stephen Jackson added 24.
Houston also won the NBA's last three-overtime game,
beating visiting Indiana 127-118 on March 13, 2001. ... Atlanta has
lost five straight in Houston, and 11 of its last 12. ... The
Rockets are 6-6 on first nights and 9-4 on second nights of
back-to-back games ... Houston is 6-0 when Yao has at least four
blocks. ... Terry has at least one steal in 18 straight games.