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Late Surge Leads Rockets Over Spurs

Rockets close game on 12-4 run after blowing 17-point lead

December 22, 2018 - 11:39 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- After letting a 17-point lead get away, the Rockets ended Saturday night's game at Toyota Center with a 12-4 run, ending in a 108-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Rudy Gay's three-pointer with 3:03 left to play put the Spurs on top by one, but after a timeout, James answered that three with one of his own to put the Rockets back on top. A DeMar DeRozan layup tied the game, but Eric Gordon hit from long range to give the Rockets the lead again for good. They closed the game with a 12-4 burst to improve to 17-15 on the season.

Harden's 39-points led all scorers, nine of those came in the game's last three minutes he shot 12-of-34 from from field, but did make seven three-pointers as the Rockets won for the first time all season without Chris Paul in the lineup. He missed the game with a strained left hamstring.

After being held to 41 points during a cold-shooting first half, the Rockets exploded for 43 points in the third quarter scoring the first 12 points of the quarter turning a two point halftime deficit into a double digit lead. The Rockets shot 58 percent in the period and after connecting on just 7-of-26 three-point attempts in the first half, knocked down 9-of-13 in the 12 minutes after halftime. Houston missed its first nine triples of the fourth quarter before Harden's shot from downtown lifted the offense.

Clint Capela added 21 points and 23 rebounds, while Gordon chipped in 18 points.

DeRozan's 28 points led San Antonio who entered the game winners of 7-of-8. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points, but needed 18 shots to get it. 

The loss drops the Spurs to 18-16.

The Rockets will be in action again when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.