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NBA GAME OF THE DAY

Rockets beat Spurs, take over second in West

An 87-85 road win moves Houston half a game ahead of San Antonio for first place in the Southwest Division and the No. 2 spot in Western Conference.

March 23, 2009|Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — The Houston Rockets are tops in Texas and the Southwest Division once again.

Luis Scola dropped in the winning layup with 11.2 seconds left, and the Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter to wrest first place in the division from San Antonio with an 87-85 victory Sunday.

Ron Artest scored 24 as Houston won its fourth straight to reclaim the top spot in the division for the first time since Christmas. The Rockets lead the Spurs by half a game.

Tim Duncan scored 23 points for San Antonio, whose grip on the No. 2 spot in the West disappeared when Matt Bonner's three-point shot at the buzzer clanked off the rim.

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