Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Houston Too Much for Suns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Houston Too Much for Suns

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Charles Barkley had a career-high 26 rebounds plus 34 points for Phoenix, but the Houston Rockets overcame the Suns 99-97 Friday night in Phoenix.

The Rockets, 3-1 against Phoenix this season, won despite scoring only two points in the last 2 minutes 45 seconds. Sam Cassell made a foul shot with 36 seconds left for a 98-97 lead, and Hakeem Olajuwon added a foul shot with 11 seconds remaining for his 25th point.

After a timeout, Danny Ainge, Elliot Perry and Barkley of the Suns missed shots before time ran out.

"I think that it's one of the more disappointing losses since I've been here in Phoenix, but, hey, if we play that hard every night, I think we're going to win our fair share," Barkley said.

Kevin Johnson had 27 points and 10 assists for the Suns. Kenny Smith scored 26 for Houston.

Heat 115, Warriors 111: After the Heat scored 26 unanswered points in the first quarter, Miami needed Kevin Gamble's free throws with 8.5 seconds left to preserve a victory over Golden State.

Glen Rice paced Miami with 22 points but missed four free throws in the final 21.2 seconds to give the Warriors an opportunity to tie a game in which they had trailed by 32 in the third quarter.

Latrell Sprewell scored 37, including 21 in the fourth quarter, for Golden State. Chris Mullin added 20.

Pacers 103, Kings 96: Rik Smits scored 31 points and Reggie Miller hit four free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining as Indiana defeated Sacramento.

It was Indiana's fifth consecutive home win and seventh consecutive victory over the Kings. Mitch Richmond had 30 points for Sacramento, which is winless at Indiana since Nov. 20, 1986.

Spurs 111, Timberwolves 97: David Robinson scored 29 points and sparked a third-quarter rally that blew the game open as San Antonio defeated Minnesota.

Robinson scored eight points in a 21-8 run that began the third quarter, opening an 80-58 lead for the Spurs, who have won six in a row.

Robinson added 13 rebounds, and Avery Johnson had 18 points and 12 assists as the Spurs ran their record to 25-4 since Jan. …

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