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Bench Lifts Spurs Over Rockets

By Daniel Strickland on November 15, 2006.

Robert and Francisco and Beno, off the bench, were the reasons we ended up with this victory”
— Gregg Popovich

Game 7 vs. Houston: Spurs 92, Rockets 84
Record: 6-1   Streak: W-5

This is all you need to know about last night …

Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, but the game began to turn when he was on the bench and the Spurs rallied from 19 points down to win 92-84.

Gregg Popovich benched Tony Parker along with Duncan and the rest of the starters after Houston built a 74-55 lead in the third quarter.

With the two All-Stars out, the Spurs mounted a 20-1 spurt, holding Houston without a field goal for eight minutes. Beno Udrih sank two 3-pointers and turned a steal into a breakaway layup to cut the Rockets’ lead to 75-71 heading to the fourth.

“Our bench did one heck of a job to get us back in it,” Duncan said. “Pop took us out because we were turning the ball over and not making shots. But our bench came in and they were the difference.”

Francisco Elson had 12, Udrih added 11 and Robert Horry had 10 off the bench to propel the Spurs to their seventh straight win over the Rockets.

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