Spurs use balanced attack to edge Rockets in preseason finaleOct 27, 2007 - 2:53 AM SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Six players scored in double figures for the San Antonio Spurs, who survived a late rally to beat the division rival Houston Rockets, 99-92, in the final preseason game for both clubs on Friday night.
Michael Finley scored 16 points to lead the Spurs, who finished the preseason with a 5-2 record. San Antonio shot 51 percent (40-of-78) from the field and was 9-of-17 the arc.
Manu Ginobili, Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto did not suit up for the Spurs, who had little rest after playing in Orlando Thursday night.
Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes and Tony Parker had seven points. Neither came out of the locker room for the second half.
Tracy McGrady, who kept finding open lanes to the basket, scored 21 points on 9-of-22 shooting for Houston, which is 3-4 in the preseason.
Yao Ming was a handful in the paint, collecting 12 points and 12 rebounds. He was also responsible for many of the Rockets' 18 second-chance points and a big reason the Spurs had none.
Bonzi Wells added 13 points and rookie Luis Scola scored 10 for the Rockets, who shot 41 percent (37-of-90) and outscored the Spurs, 34-12, in the paint.
SAN ANTONIO 99 FINAL
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SAN ANTONIO 75 END, 3RD QTR
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SAN ANTONIO 54 HALFTIME
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