In their fifth game of a five-game road trip, the Houston Rockets came out with the 101-99 win against the San Antonio Spurs.Wednesday night the Spurs hosted the Rockets after four days of rest, however, they were unable to score double digits as Houston held them to 99 points. James Harden strung together a triple-double in another double digit assist performance, his fifth in a row, notching 15 assists, 12 rebounds, and scoring 24 points. Kawhi Leonard (34 pts) was among only 3 Spurs to score double digits.
This performance seems to be a testament to the Rockets renewed commitment to defense. San Antonio’s biggest lead at any point in the game was two. The Rockets also held the SA to a pedestrian 39% from the floor, their worst shooting performance of the season so far. Credit HOU with 20 turnovers which turned into 21 points for the Spurs and kept the contest close. The Rockets were also 10-30 on three pointers, their lowest number of makes since their season opener loss to the Lakers.
“We can score with the best of them,” Harden said after the game. “Defensively, to hold a team like that to under 100 points speaks a lot. It was important for us.”
Harden has started off this season where he left off last season; Putting up historic numbers so far. Harden became the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 30 points and 10 assists in four straight games. His 13.0 APG average is leading the league while also holding the 4th spot in points with 30.6 a game. Houston’s offseason acquisitions, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon have also benefited the Rockets, providing a combined 29.9 PPG.