Manu Ginobili had flipped in one of those only-Manu shots, taking a pass from Tim Duncan that would have impressed Tom Brady, and finished his drive through a Chandler Parsons foul that could not stop him or the inevitable.

As Ginobili hit his free throw for an eight-point overtime lean, Jeremy Lin grabbed his short, bent over at the waist, exhausted from carrying the Rockets as far as he could and likely the realization that it was not enough.

With James Harden out with a sprained ankle, Lin reached back to the sort of play that made him a sensation, when he played with another star (Carmelo Anthony) out and elevated his game to levels that inspired imagination and untold numbers of puns. The Spurs, however, have a way of stomping out those sorts of tall tales, doing just enough to get the game to overtime where they coolly took over to knock off the Rockets, 134-126, Monday at Toyota Center.

As he slowly walked off with a hand on a hip, Lin had matched his career-high with 38 points. Omer Asik had scored a career-high 21, including the jumper that gave the Rockets an overtime chance at the win. But Tony Parker, the point guard Lin had said he emulates most and who had predicted that Lin's shot would improve as his had, had his first career triple-double, scoring 27 points with 12 assists and rebounds.

Ginobi added 22 points off the bench as the Spurs made 52.2 percent of their shots, enough to answer the Rockets season-high 16 3-pointers.

The Spurs had survived everything the Rockets had thrown at them, from Lin rolling through a third quarter in which he scored more points (14) than in 15 of his previous 19 games to Chandler Parsons drilling three-consecutive 3s.

The Spurs headed to the final two minutes with a one-point lead after Parker and Danny Green put in consecutive drives, but Lin immediately answered, swishing a high-arching jumper over Duncan to give him 34.

Ginobili put the Spurs back in front with a 3-pointer, but with 37.3 seconds left, the Rockets tied the game with Omer Asik banking in a jumper Duncan-style. Parker missed a jumper for the lead and Lin ran the shot clock before Green poked the ball away and the Rockets could not get a shot off. The Spurs went to Duncan, but he lost the ball in the lane, sending the game to overtime.