The Spurs blew a 25-point lead Monday in Houston against the Rockets to drop their sixteenth game of the season 107-109. Despite setting a season-high for first half points (72) and holding the NBA’s scoring leader; James Harden (38.9 ppg) to only nine points on 4-of-17 shooting in the first half, the Spurs were unable to stave off the Rockets.
This was the first meeting between the division rivals since the Spurs’ highly controversial Dec 3 double-overtime win 135-133 in San Antonio. Following a botched call on a Harden dunk that was disallowed, the Rockets protested that game but ultimately lost its appeal.
The comeback win was the largest comeback in Rockets history, eclipsing a previous 23-point comeback against the Portland Trailblazers on Jan 22, 1977.
Lamarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 19 points and 13 rebounds. The rockets were paced by Russell Westbrook’s 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists
The Spurs did manage to make history last week, albeit maybe not in the way they would’ve liked. On Saturday, as part of the NBA Global Games, the Spurs defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-119 in overtime to become the first team in league history to play in four consecutive overtime games. The Spurs were 3-1 in its history making stretch of overtime games defeating Houston 135-133 (2OT), Sacramento 105-104, and Phoenix 121-119. The sole loss came at the hands of Cleveland, which handed the Spurs its seventh home loss of the season 117-109 in overtime.
The team may be struggling but the fortitude shown to win 3-out-of-4 overtime games should give Spurs fans hope that the team has the will to turn this season around.
DeJounte Murray appears to be returning to form since his minute restrictions have been lifted. Murray stuffed the stat line with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in the loss to Houston Monday. In his last five games Murray is averaging 12.2 points, 6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 steals.
The Spurs currently sit two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Thu, Dec 19 vs Brooklyn (14-12) 730pm
Sat, Dec 21 vs Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) 730pm
Mon, Dec 23 @ Memphis 7pm