Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Triple-Double by Barkley Lifts Rockets to Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Triple-Double by Barkley Lifts Rockets to Win

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Clyde Drexler scored 32 points and Charles Barkley got his first triple-double for Houston as the Rockets defeated Golden State 120-115 in overtime Saturday to keep their road record perfect.

With the score tied 113-113 and 51 seconds left in overtime, former Warrior Kevin Willis hit a minihook, then added a 3-point play 29 seconds later. Houston improved to 11-1 overall and 5-0 on the road.

Barkley had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists for his 19th career triple-double and his first since joining the Rockets this season in a trade from Phoenix. He had a triple-double by early in the fourth quarter. Drexler, who needs seven more points to become the 24th player in NBA history to reach 20,000, also had 11 rebounds as Houston won its fifth in arow. * Hawks 91, Raptors 89: Eldridge Recasner, filling in at point guard for Mookie Blaylock, scored 23 points and made two key jumpers in the final 86 seconds to lead Atlanta past Toronto. Recasner also had five assists and five rebounds in 44 minutes for the Hawks, who were without their starting backcourt duo of Blaylock and Steve Smith - both sidelined by sprained ankles. Christian Laettner led the Hawks with 29 points. * Nets 114, Mavericks 91: Robert Pack had career-high 22 assists and 17 points and New Jersey's three-guard offense gave coach John Calipari his first blowout. Kendall Gill, a guard playing small forward, added 26 points and rookie Kerry Kittles had 15 as the Nets posted season highs for points and 3-pointers (13 of 25) in handing Dallas its fifth consecutive road loss. * Hornets 93, Pistons 85: Anthony Mason scored eight of his 18 points in the final 4:44 and Charlotte capitalized on the absence of Grant Hill for a victory over Detroit. Mason added 11 rebounds and Dell Curry had 19 points for Charlotte, which continued its recovery from a four-game losing skid with its third consecutive victory. Detroit played the final three quarters without Hill, who landed on his right wrist after being fouled by Matt Geiger with 38 seconds left in the first period. …

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