to stop New Orleans (AP) No one was Kevin Martin (Notes) lately, which is a major reason why the Houston Rockets have four 鈧?straight.
Martin scored 33 points, his third game with 30 or more, and the Houston Rockets overcame a deficit of 16 points in the second half of the Hornets in New Orleans lost 91-89 Sunday night.
Martin made four three-point and made all 13 of his free throws, including two free throws with 18.4 seconds left to give Houston a 90-87 Hornets next possession lead.On tried Willie Green (white), three triple match and played Courtney Lee (Notes) won the rebound over 5 seconds, then made a free throw to seal victory in particular.
Martin was 8 of 15 on the ground, picking his moments and driving outside of the tire when Hornets (white) from the middle of Emeka Okafor was on the bench.
New Orleans, meanwhile, finished with 34 points in the second half after building a commanding 55-40 lead at halftime.
David West (notes) had 20 points and Chris Paul (notes) had 12 assists for New Orleans, which lost for the first time in three games since the All-Stars.
Paul shot 2 of 12, finishing with just six points.
I could not train, said Paul. Ive got to do my part. My college coach would say, a team game is won by individuals. I have my game tonight.
Houston made 11 3 triples, four of Lowry.
Chuck Hayes (Notes) grabbed 11 rebounds for Houston, including six in the offensive zone. The Rockets had 13 offensive rebounds and 16 points in the second chance.
Hayes also provided clutch offense if he achieved if he had given a foul after Houston left with 88-85 2.08.
West, the Hornets to 88-87, and New Orleans had two chances to gain the lead, but Green was able to (do) a pass from West and Trevor Ariza coming 3-point attempt missed the rim to handle.
For us to be down (16) and fight and claw our way back shows that the growth of this team and how it can be and how it can be dangerous, said Hayes.
Down 58-42 early in the third quarter cut the deficit to 10 to Houston at the end of the season, then rose with a 14-2 run highlighted by four 3s, two by Martin and one each by Lowry and Lee.
Brad Miller (white) take to stop bridge, leading to a 80-78 advantage with 6:58 to Houston for a tense finish with a game that 10 lead changes and nine ties had drawn up.
The victory pulled the Rockets (30-31) within three games of Memphis for the position of the Western Conference playoffs.
The Hornets dominated Houston, 47.4 percent to 41.9 percent, but New Orleans was 4 of 13 from 3-point line and outrebounded 41-37.
Marco Belinelli (notes) had 14 points for the Hornets and Rockets and Carl Landry former Ariza (white), who scored 13 points each for New Orleans, while Green is 10th Okafor had 14 rebounds.
The Rockets came into the arena of the delay to his hotel in the center was in a parade route for Mardi Gras and had no police escort. His first coach needs to do an hour, which is normally 10 minutes, while the second bus, the hotel left a bit later, take about 45 minutes.
This had little effect on Martin, who scored 30 in each of the two previous games and put their steady pace, scoring 10 points in the first eight minutes and 15 in the first half.
But after three throws Martins gave a lead of 33-31 Houston, New Orleans rose with a 18-0 run that highlighted a series of eight field goals and a strong defense of blocks included Quincy Pondexter Okafor (notes) and Ariza.
Belinelli scored eight or higher and achieved two 3rd West, who scored 14 points in the first half, had six points in the race, making it 49-33.