The San Antonio Spurs had their Big Three back together for a second consecutive game and they rallied from a late, double-digit lead against Houston to take a three-point lead and the clock ticking under 40 seconds left to go.
But, anyone who's watched the Spurs during their late-season meltdown realizes no lead is safe and that was again the case against the Rockets.
Courtney Lee got a steal and a lay-up with 37 seconds left and the Spurs up by three and Tim Duncan missed one of two free throws that left the Spurs up two instead of three and it cost them.
This was supposed to be the start of a stretch that got the Spurs back on track with four of five games against lottery-bound teams. A one-game road trip to Atlanta is the lone playoff team on the docket on April 12 when the Spurs visit the Los Angeles Lakers.
The only question now is whether the Lakers will have already supplanted the Spurs as the West's No. 1 seed?
After Friday's festivities, L.A. is just 1-1/2 games behind the Spurs with six to play.
"We're definitely going to see what we're made of," Spurs guard Tony Parker said. "That's for sure."
ROCKETS 119, SPURS 114 (OT): Houston guard Courtney Lee made a steal and lay-up with 37 seconds left in regulation and the Spurs up three to help the Rockets take it to overtime. Kevin Martin then scored nine of his 33 points and his team's 11 in the extra period to spur Houston past the struggling Spurs. San Antonio got 76 points from its Big Three of Tony Parker (31 points), Manu Ginobili (23) and Tim Duncan (23, 13 rebounds), but it wasn't enough as the Spurs' bench managed just 27 points, while Houston had seven players score in double-figures.
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