Monday, May 02, 2005

Mavericks tie series at 2-2

May 1, 2005, 10:19PM

Rockets drop second home game to Dallas

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

These are the days that haunt at night, the kind that keep players awake until they are tormented in their sleep.

These are the ones they never forget.

The Rockets were there again, right where they were Thursday, leading by the same score. For a second consecutive fourth quarter, a game, a series and perhaps the season were on the line. And for the second consecutive game, the Rockets gagged up a game — and perhaps a series and season.

The Rockets did not just blow another fourth-quarter lead to lose to the Dallas Mavericks 97-93 on Saturday at Toyota Center, evening their best-of-seven playoff series at 2-2. They lost with another late collapse full of bad breaks and worse plays.

"We were awful, awful in the last six minutes," Rockets guard David Wesley said. "The last two games we were at 88-82 and just completely off offensively. We haven't put the ball in the basket. Bad possessions. Turnovers.

"A 20-0 run (Thursday) and a 15-5 run at the end of the game (Saturday). If it's panic or whatever it is, we didn't execute. We were awful finishing this game tonight the way we finished Game 3. Awful."

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