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                    === Rockets rally late, upend Spurs ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (Sports Network) -  James Harden's  jumper with 4.5 seconds left
 lifted  the Houston  Rockets to  a 96-95  win over  the San  Antonio Spurs  on
 Sunday.
 
 Trailing  93-89,  Chandler Parsons buried a  triple to make it 93-92 with 1:19
 left.
 
 Tony  Parker, who  scored 12  of his  23 points  in the  fourth quarter,  then
 knocked  down  a pair of free  throws seven seconds  later to make it a three-
 point game.
 
 Following  a timeout, Harden was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer, but went
 just  2-for-3 from the charity stripe to make it 95-94 with just over a minute
 remaining.
 
 Tim  Duncan  missed a  short jumper,  but the  Spurs retained possession after
 winning  a  jump ball. Kawhi  Leonard looked to put  San Antonio ahead by four
 with a trey from the left corner, but the ball hit the side of the backboard.
 
 Following  another  timeout, Harden threw the  inbounds pass to Omer Asik, who
 quickly  tapped  it back, and  Harden pulled up and  buried a jumper from just
 inside the arc.
 
 The  Spurs had a chance to win the game, but Duncan bricked a fadeaway jumper,
 and Manu Ginobili's putback didn't fall at the buzzer.
 
 "(Assistant) coach Kelvin Sampson just told me to take what is available, so I
 came off (and) the pull up was there," Harden said. "Tim Duncan was playing
 back the majority of the game, great shot blocker. So the shot was there. The
 shot that was there was the pull-up and I had confidence to go out there and
 shoot it."
 
 Harden  finished  with 29  points and  Parsons chipped in  20 points and eight
 rebounds  for  the Rockets, winners  in three straight  and five of their last
 six. They remain in the seventh spot in the Western Conference, a half-game
 behind Golden State.
 
 Duncan  scored 17 points  and Leonard finished with 12 for the Spurs, who lead
 the  Oklahoma  City Thunder  by 1  1/2 games for  the top  spot in the Western
 Conference.
 
 Houston  led 22-20  after the  first period,  but was  outscored 26-21  in the
 second  to go into  the break trailing 46-43. The Rockets shot 50 percent from
 the field in the third period to take a 74-67 lead into the final frame.
 
 "I think we're playing better. The last few games have been pretty good. I
 thought we worked hard tonight, executed pretty well," said Spurs head coach
 Gregg Popovich. "We were probably fortunate to have an opportunity
 to win the game."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Harden  went  15-for-17 from the free  throw line ... Houston scored 20 points
 off  18  San Antonio turnovers ...  Tiago Splitter scored 10 points and pulled
 down  six  rebounds for  the  Spurs,  who had  won  the  season's first  three
 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 03/25 01:00:33 ET