Rockets Fly By Spurs
SAN ANTONIO – James Harden and the Houston Rockets are turning into an enormous drawback for the San Antonio Spurs.
Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 factors and 20 rebounds, leading the balanced Rockets to a 111-ninety eight victory over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Every of Houston's starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-zero towards the Spurs this season, with both victories approaching the highway. In addition they moved inside three half video games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division.
"I believe we might be very good," Houston ahead Chandler Parsons said. "It's clearly a course of, and we're getting better every single day. However once we defend like that, rebound nicely and get out in transition, we're powerful to beat."
Harden scored 31 points in Houston's 112-106 victory towards San Antonio on Nov. 30. The Rockets have gained their last three in opposition to the Spurs dating to last season and are averaging 108.8 factors over the last six games in the series.
"We just didn't give excellent performances," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You may dwell with that infrequently. Nobody's going to play good every evening. But you'll be able to't mix poor performances with a lack of physicality and a scarcity of self-discipline. They whipped us. They whipped us good. That's an embarrassing loss."
Parsons and Terrence Jones each scored 21 factors for the Rockets (19-11), who shot fifty two % from the field. Jeremy Lin had 13 points, eight assists, two blocked pictures and just one turnover.
The Spurs have dropped two of three and split their last six games. They're simply 3-6 over the last month against groups with a record above500.
Tremendous sub Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 22 points, and Tim Duncan added 11 factors and 14 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had thirteen points, however Tony Parker was held to 6 factors on three-for-eleven shooting.
"We did not play effectively," Parker said. "Transfer on to the next one, it's the NBA."
San Antonio by no means recovered after Houston raced to a 27-9 lead. The Spurs had been unable to cease Parsons' lengthy shots, Harden's drives, Howard within the paint or Jones on the boards for follow ups.
"Our guys really came out on fire," Rockets coach Kevin McHale mentioned. "They had been excited to play. Really moved the ball; attacked. Terrence had nice vitality. He was working and serving to the defense. We actually set the tone early and rode that the entire sport."
Houston led forty-25 after one. It was probably the most points allowed by the Spurs in the opening period this season, and tied for the most in any quarter. Oklahoma City scored 40 points in the second quarter of its thirteen-point victory Dec. 21 in San Antonio.
"The primary quarter was embarrassing," Ginobili said. "They picked us apart. We weren't as aggressive as they have been, not as sharp as they were and so they scored 40. So it's the second time that happened and that's manner too many."
Ginobili slammed the scorer's table with his right palm during a timeout with Houston leading 27-11.
After trailing by 18 points within the first half, San Antonio had a couple stable stretches within the second half however could not make the plays it needed to finish the rallies.
"We toughened up," Parsons said. "We understand that this can be a great staff playing on their floor, and now we have to get some big stops. Everybody collectively purchased into that, we obtained some enormous stops and we didn't stop running, either."
Leonard's three-point play on Howard's fourth foul pulled San Antonio to 71-sixty four with four:forty seven left in the third. The Spurs closed to seventy three-71 earlier than Harden and Lin began draining lengthy jumpers to help the Rockets draw back again.
Harden closed out the victory, scoring sixteen points within the ultimate quarter after missing the previous two games with an ankle damage. His second 3 of the game made it 100-90 with 5 minutes remaining.
"No, I just was getting the feel the primary three quarters of who's making photographs," Harden said when requested if he was ready on the fourth quarter. "I missed two video games. I wished to get a really feel for who was playing properly. Coming into the game, I wished to maintain them concerned and hold them going and attempt to get mine in the direction of the end."
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(thigh contusion) missed the game… Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside, a row in front of
'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
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 officials broke up the gathering… Whereas the Rockets received smatterings of cheers all through the sport, Howard was lustily booed every time he attempted a free throw or entered the sport.
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