Resilient Rockets beat Spurs

Resilient Rockets beat Spurs
November 30, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Racing out to a 23-point lead in San Antonio is almost unheard of. But that's what the Rockets had produced 20 minutes into their game on Saturday night. But that's not the good news. The good news is that despite losing all of that lead, they were resilient enough to still claim a 112-106 victory.

Houston led the Spurs 55-32 with four minutes left in the first half after arguably their most impressive 20 minutes  of any game this season. They were shooting 52.5 percent. They had made 57.1 percent of their 3-pointers. They had more than a two-to-one rebound advantage, 25-12 and had only committed four turnovers.

But just as quickly as they built that lead it looked like it was going to disappear. The Spurs went on a 14-0 run and the Rockets knew that was just the beginning.

"They battled back. It got scrappy and dirty and they got really physical with us," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "They got a little lead and our guys made some big plays and battled back down the stretch.”

The Spurs took the first lead of the second half just a minute into the fourth quarter and built it to as many as five points before the Rockets would take the lead again with just over four minutes remaining.

Houston had an answer for everything the Spurs did the rest of the way, including a huge possession extended by an offensive rebound.

The Rockets were down three and Chandler Parsons had missed a 3-pointer. Dwight Howard grabbed the offensive rebound, and James Harden fired up a 3-pointer. Initially he appeared to try and draw a foul on the onrushing Marco Belinelli, but the show found the bottom of the net.

Houston scored the next and final six points of the game to take the contest.

"After this one tonight, it's going to be a dogfight between us every time we play," Rockets center Dwight Howard said. "And that's what we want.

"I like the way we came back," Howard said. "There were some moments when we got out of who we are, but we got back to it and we got a good win."

They were led in the fourth quarter by James Harden, who had 16 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter. Harden also had two fourth quarter assists, including a long down court pass that Parsons finished with a slam that put the Rockets up by four points with only 16 seconds remaining.

"Even though I haven’t played and missed a couple games," Harden said. "I have to make sure I get my teammates involved and make sure that when they look at me, they know that we’re ready to win this game.”

Harden has 13 assists in his last two games after returning from his sore left foot and this was his fifth game scoring 30 or more points.

“Our team is starting to get tighter," McHale said. "(They're) starting to get more together. We’re starting to understand what we do and how we can play off each other and help each other.”