Heading into the fourth quarter the Rockets were on a roll, up 9 and seemingly headed to their third straight win.
Then, the fourth quarter collapse kicked in.
Nonetheless, ex-Rocket Othella Harrington missed a crucial free throw late and the Rockets escaped with a 102-99 victory over the Grizzlies.
It saved Walt Williams from being the late goat. Walt, who nailed a huge three-pointer with roughly 50 seconds left to put the Rockets up 4, couldn't inbound the ball and was called for a 5-second violation. There were just 11 seconds remaining and the Rockets were only up 100-98.
That set up Othella at the line, who was fouled with a shade over 6 seconds remaining. Ex-teammate Charles Barkley razzed Othella before going to the line, hoping to coax him into a miss, and it must have worked (thankfully).
The win gives the Rockets their longest winning streak of the season - 3 games - and ups their mark to 7-12.
Barkley led all scorers with 25 points, connecting on 9-14 from the floor (just 7-12 from the charity stripe). He was 3 assists short of a triple-double, finishing with 11 boards and 7 assists.
His big helper off the bench? Enter Carlos Rogers.
Rogers, in just 24 minutes of action mind you, connected on 8-11 shots, scored 18 points and grabbed 7 boards.
Mr. Active is just screaming to see more PT.
Bryce Drew played 43 solid minutes in the starting role in place of the still injured Steve Francis, and scored 17 points on 7-16 from the floor (3-7 from three-point territory), 5 assists and zero turnovers.
Drew is now 3-0 as the starter ironically enough and has shown improvements in all three games. Check out Drew's numbers in his game-by-game profile.
Walt finished with 14 points on 5-12 from the floor (4-10 from threes), and even added 4 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Maybe the Wizard has a few tricks left in him.
Cuttino Mobley came off the bench to add 13 points while Kenny Thomas had 7 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes of play.
Shandon Anderson, after having by far the two best games he's had in a Rocket uniform, and probably couldn't be argued they were the best games of his career, was shut out, going 0-5 from the floor for 1 point. He did grab 7 boards, dish 7 assists and pick a pair of steals however.
Kelvin Cato kept his drool in check, scoring 7 points to go with 4 boards and 2 blocks.