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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Olajuwon In Hospital A 2nd Time

HOUSTON -- Hakeem Olajuwon checked into a hospital after the Houston Rockets center noticed an irregular heartbeat during halftime of a game for the second time in less than two weeks.


Team doctor James Muntz said the 33-year-old Olajuwon was in good condition at Methodist Hospital, where he arrived about 10:30 a.m. Sunday after leaving the Rockets in Washington, D.C.


The abnormal rhythm, or arrhythmia, appears similar to an episode Olajuwon had 12 days earlier and once in 1991. Muntz said Olajuwon is otherwise in good health, and the arrhythmia does not mean he has a heart problem.


"He has a perfectly normal heart,'' Muntz said. "We don't think that arrythmia is career-threatening. We don't think it's life-threatening.''


Olajuwon noticed the irregular heartbeat during halftime of the Rockets' 103-99 victory over the Washington Bullets on Saturday night.


Trainers took his pulse and consulted with team doctors, who determined it was safe for Olajuwon to play in the second half, Muntz said. Olajuwon played 39 minutes in the game, scoring 34 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.


Pistons 95, Kings 66. The Detroit Pistons held the Sacramento Kings to 16 points in each of the first three quarters and Grant Hill had 23 points and 14 rebounds in a 95-66 victory Sunday night.


Hill, who played only 31 minutes, had nine points in a 21-2 run that helped the Pistons to a 31-16 lead after the first quarter.


The lead grew to 26 in the second quarter and 35 in the fourth quarter as the Pistons held the Kings to the second-lowest point total ever by a Detroit opponent.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)