The Houston Rockets came out firing early in the first quarter and finished off the Spurs for their second win in as many tries this season. It was a great team effort with all five starters playing important roles in the win.
James Harden scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in 42 minutes on a sprained ankle. Harden was clutch in the fourth and scored 11 straight points to give the Rockets a comfortable lead. Dwight Howard finished with a tough 15 points and 20 boards as he was constantly hammered in his 35 minutes.
Terrence Jones had a big night under the bright lights and finished with 21 points and 14 boards on 9-20 shooting. Jones arguably had the biggest play of the game when he stuffed a Tiago Splitter dunk attempt (who doesn’t these days?) and thwarted any Spurs comeback attempt. Jeremy Lin had 13 points and 8 assists, but his biggest contribution was on the defensive end, holding Tony Parker to just 6 points on 11 shots.
The Rockets started off the game on fire, shooting 75% in the first quarter. Just halfway through the first quarter the Rockets had 24 of the team’s 40 first quarter points.
Houston with 27 points on 14 possessions against the league’s No. 2 defense. Yikes.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) December 26, 2013
Very rare sighting. San Antonio being absolutely overwhelmed by the tempo. Rockets running them out of the gym…
— Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) December 26, 2013
Chandler Parsons scored 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter, and hit 4 of the team’s 6 first quarter threes. The Spurs looked totally out of it early, but it was Manu Ginobili who scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter that kept them in the game.
The second quarter was controlled mostly by the Spurs, as they started on a 10-2 run. The Spurs bench brought them back in the game scoring 30 of the team’s 51 first half points. The Rockets held the lead at the end of the first half 60-51, as Dwight Howard helped rally the troops, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the first half alone.
How dominant were the Rockets starters tonight?
The @HoustonRockets starters outscored Spurs starters 98-45 in the win today
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 26, 2013
The Rockets play tomorrow night at Toyota Center against the Memphis Grizzlies. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and the game can be seen on TNT or CSN Houston.
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