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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Houston Rockets to 2-0 With 106-96 Road Win

SAN ANTONIO -- David Robinson got the trophy. Hakeem Olajuwon got the game. And Houston is rocketing toward a repeat trip to the NBA Finals.


Olajuwon took over Game 2 of the Western Conference finals in the third quarter Wednesday night, then got the help he needed down the stretch as the Rockets completed a Texas two-step over San Antonio 106-96.


Using a dizzying assortment of moves, Olajuwon made 9-of-12 shots in a 19-point third period. He finished with 41 points, 31 in the second half, and 16 rebounds as the Rockets headed back to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.


Robert Horry made five 3-pointers, two in a row late in the game, as Houston pulled away after the Spurs had rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to take an 82-80 lead.


The defending champion Rockets, written off as a contender after an unimpressive fifth-place finish in the West, won their fifth playoff game in a row, the last three on the road.


Robinson, who received this year's MVP trophy just before tipoff, started the game 1-for-5 but came back to score 32 and grab 12 rebounds. Teammate Dennis Rodman played just three minutes in the second half. He finished with four points and eight rebounds.


The series moves 320 kilometers for Friday's Game 3 in Houston.