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News » Rockets continue to puzzle Warriors Victory streak at eight

Rockets continue to puzzle Warriors Victory streak at eight

Rockets continue to puzzle Warriors Victory streak at eightRockets update

Thursday: Rockets 111, Warriors 109.

Record: 11-8.

Saturday: At Portland Trail Blazers, 9 p.m.

TV/radio: KTXH; 610 AM and 1010 AM (Spanish).

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Rockets' Aaron Brooks had been fuming most of the night.

When he wasn't barking at refs, he was clapping his hands, not for them, but at them. He had lit up the second half, but his frustration was clear throughout Oracle Arena.

Finally, he found relief. With 2.1 seconds left, he went for a pull-up jumper, drawing a foul on C.J. Watson, then dropped in two free throws to lift the Rockets to a 111-109 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, their eighth consecutive win over the Warriors and matching their season high with a three-game winning streak.

The Warriors' last chance ended when Monta Ellis could not get free from Chuck Hayes and traveled with one second left for his ninth turnover to go with a 9-of-27 shooting game.

Brooks had 22 of his 25 points in the second half, as the Rockets used a late fourth-quarter rally to overcome a 10-point deficit and take their second one-possession win in Oracle Arena this season.

But this time, the Rockets got the win by turning around the game in the final six minutes.

Until then, they had spent much of the second half doing just what coach Rick Adelman had warned against.

He had laid out the Rockets' to-do list, knowing that if they strayed from it, the Warriors' offense could make them pay.

"You really have to maintain a concentration because they put pressure on you constantly," Adelman said. "You can't turn it over. You can't take bad shots. But you really have to have your concentration because they have the ability to really score in spurts."

Distractions hurt

Then the Rockets lost their concentration, spending much of the second half concerned with the officials. They turned it over, committing a season-high 23. And they took bad shots.

It was little wonder that the Warriors, the league's highest-scoring team, spent the second half scoring in spurts.

The Warriors led by 10 with 6? minutes left, when the Rockets suddenly turned things around, taking over a second fourth quarter in as many nights with their defense.

The Warriors missed their next nine shots, with Kyle Lowry and Trevor Ariza each blocking shots, giving the Rockets a season-high 13, six by Shane Battier for his career high.

With a Carl Landry drive with 2:22 left, the Rockets had a 12-0 run to a 105-103 lead and Landry had 22 points off the bench.

The Warriors finally scored with an Anthony Morrow jumper, but the Rockets had their chance to seal the win in the final minute.

Lowry scored inside for a 109-107 lead with 55.9 seconds left and Ellis turned it over on Ariza's fourth steal.

The Rockets worked the clock to its last seconds, but Brooks' drive rolled off.

When Morrow scored on a drive, the Rockets had 13.3 seconds remaining to shoot for the win. They did not get the shot off, but Brooks got something better.

That might have felt even sweeter given the struggles through much of the second half, even if many were of the Rockets' own making.

Brooks heats up

By the third quarter, the Rockets were committing careless turnovers, going one-on-one and taking tough shots, helping the Warriors to turn things around.

Brooks got hot and kept the Rockets in the game, but their frustration grew, as they began barking at officials after non-calls.

The Rockets' offensive troubles ignited the Warriors' break, with Golden State scoring as many fast-break points in the third quarter as in the entire first half.

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