What a great game for Rockets fans. The Rockets went up big in the first half but the Spurs fought back to take a lead late in the fourth quarter. At the end, the Rockets were able to pull away 112-106, and handed the Spurs their first home loss of the season.
With just under a minute remaining, James Harden hit a big three pointer to tie the game at 106. After the Spurs missed a layup, Patrick Beverley would tip in a Harden miss to put the Rockets up two with 30 seconds left. Chandler Parson’s dunk off a Manu Ginobli missed three would give the Rockets a 4-point lead and the win.
The Rockets came out firing in the first half and had a 57-46 lead at the half. The Rockets pushed the lead to twenty in the half but Tony Parker helped keep the Spurs in the game. Parker would finish the game with 27 points (on 27 shots), 6 rebounds, and 8 assists.
An interesting sequence occurred in between the two halves. Spurs coach Greg Popovich was assessed a technical foul after arguing with the officials. Popovich was upset that Kevin McHale was walking passed Tim Duncan several times on an inbounds play. McHale eventually planted himself within a foot of Duncan and Popovich ended up chewing out the official after the half. For video of the “Inbound-Gate” click here.
Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli were a key factors in the “second” Spurs comeback. Duncan finished with 20 points, and Belinelli finished with 18 points, including four three pointers.
James Harden and Chandler Parsons were the big scorers in the Rockets win. Harden finished with 31 points, including 16 points in the fourth quarter alone. Chandler Parsons dropped 25 points (4-8 from three) with 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwight Howard finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and was 5-8 from the free throw line. Terrence Jones was a monster on the boards with 16, and also had dropped in 10 points.
The Rockets head to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz at 8:00 PM on CSN Houston.