Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/15

Game 1: Tuesday, October 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, October 23rd

Spurs 93


Rockets 96


    7:30 PM ET, October 15, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 24 24 21 2493
    HOU 30 24 24 1896

    Mobley leads Rockets past Duncan's Spurs

    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 50-39.

    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.

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