SAN ANTONIO -- Akeem Olajuwon scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to fuel a 26-3 spurt that sent the Houston Rockets past the San Antonio Spurs, 99-84.
San Antonio led 75-73 entering the fourth quarter and then scored 6 straight points to go up 81-73 with 9:30 remaining.
But the Rockets scored 26 of the final 29 points, 11 of them by Olajuwon, to blow out the Spurs, who have lost seven straight.
The Spurs scored just 9 points in the fourth quarter, tying an NBA season low, and were swept in the six-game season series with Houston for the first time in team history. A basket by Alvin Robertson and a free throw by Greg Anderson accounted for San Antonio's only points in the final 9:30.
Mike Woodson had 18 points, Otis Thorpe had 14 points and 20 rebounds and Buck Johnson and Derrick Chievous had 11 points each for Houston, which had a 61-37 edge on the boards. Olajuwon had 15 rebounds for Houston.
Robertson paced San Antonio with 18 points. Willie Anderson had 16, Anthony Bowie had 12 and Greg Anderson and Vernon Maxwell added 10 each.
Houston raced to a 8-2 lead, but San Antonio tied it at 8-8 for the first of five ties in the first quarter. Olajuwon hit a basket and free throw to give the Rockets a 28-25 lead entering the second period.
Willie Anderson had 12 first-half points as San Antonioled 52-47 at intermission.