Harden, Rockets edge past Spurs 101-99
Led by James Harden, the Houston Rockets managed to collect another road win, this time against the San Antonio Spurs, 101-99.
“This is probably our best win,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Any time you beat a team like this on the road, it’s a signature win. But we have a long way to go. Our fourth quarters are sometimes lacking, and we have to get better.”
If it weren’t for that fourth quarter, the Rockets would have won by a lot more than two points. The black and silver, however, took advantage of a late turnover and a poor shot by Harden. They might have won, too, if the Rockets hadn’t bailed Harden out with a defensive stand.
Until that final quarter, Harden had a great game. He finished with 24 points, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds. He also recorded the first triple-double with 15 assists in franchise history.
“It was huge, it says a lot about how far we’ve come,” Houston’s Ryan Anderson said. “I think defensively we’ve been looking for a complete game, and we’ve had a few minutes with stretches. You expect it with a San Antonio Spurs team, to go on runs. We had a few lapses, overall we had a good defensive game, almost 48 minutes. We answered their runs and did a great job of not letting the crowd get to us.”
The San Antonio Spurs take on the Detroit Pistons tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., then are back against the Rockets on Saturday.
The Houston Rockets have a day off before facing the Spurs again on Saturday at 7 p.m.