SAN ANTONIO – James Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds, leading the balanced Houston Rockets to a 111-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
Every of Houston’s starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 in opposition to the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the street. They also moved within three 1/2 video games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division.
Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones each scored 21 points for the Rockets (19-11), who shot fifty two % from the sphere. Jeremy Lin had 13 factors, eight assists and just one turnover.
The Spurs have dropped two of three and break up their last six games. They’re just three-6 over the past month in opposition to groups with a record above500.
Super sub Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 22 points, and Tim Duncan added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had thirteen factors, however Tony Parker was held to 6 points on three-for-eleven shooting.
San Antonio never recovered after Houston raced out to a 27-9 lead. The Spurs had been unable to cease Parsons’ lengthy pictures, Harden’s drives, Howard within the paint or Jones on the boards for observe ups.
After trailing by 18 points within the first half, San Antonio made a couple of fees within the second half but could not get the defensive stops mandatory to complete the rallies.
Leonard’s three-level play on Howard’s fourth foul pulled San Antonio to 71-64 with 4:47 left in the third. The Spurs closed to seventy three-71 earlier than Harden and Lin began draining long jumpers to assist the Rockets pull away once more.
Harden closed out the victory, scoring sixteen points in the final quarter. His second three of the game made it one hundred-ninety with 5 minutes remaining.
Rockets G Patrick Beverley (right hand) and C Omer Asik (thigh contusion) missed the game.. Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside, a row in front of David Robinson’s customary seats. The actor laughed and applauded when The Coyote, the Spurs’ mascot, snuck beside him disguised as a Christmas tree.. Terrence Jones pushed Matt Bonner after the Spurs’ reserve ahead wrapped up Howard high after the Rockets star grabbed his third offensive rebound on one possession. Duncan stepped between, placing his hand in Jones’ chest and pushing him away before officers broke up the gathering.. While the Rockets obtained smatterings of cheers all through the game, Howard was lustily booed every time he attempted a free throw or entered the game.