Spurs Beat Rockets In Westbrook's Home Debut

Westbrook scores 14 points in a 128-114 loss

Adam Spolane
October 16, 2019 - 11:14 pm

Photo by Erik Williams/USA Today

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Russell Westbrook's first game as a Rocket at Toyota Center didn't go as planned as the San Antonio Spurs left Houston with a 128-114 win Wednesday night.

In 29 minutes, Westbrook finished with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, four rebounds, and four assists, but also eight turnovers as the Rockets dropped to 3-2 in preseason play.

The Rockets scored the first point of the night when Clint Capela split a pair of free throws on the game's second possession, but Dejounte Murray answered with an 18-foot jumper and the Spurs led the rest of the way.

It was 36-22 after a quarter, and while the Rockets cut the lead to eight early in the second quarter, the Spurs grew the lead back and led by 14 when the first half ended. James Harden led all scorers with 18 points.

After the Spurs built their lead to 20 when LeMarcus Aldridge connected from 16-feet away with 7:32 left in the third quarter, Houston cut the lead in half when P.J. Tucker drained a pair of free throws with 3:16 remaining in the period only to see San Antonio close with a 9-1 run to take an 18-point lead into the fourth.

They pushed the lead to as many 25, but thanks to a 13 burst from Chris Clemons, were able to outscore the Spurs in the game's final period 35-31.

Harden led all scorers with 40 points on 13-of-27 shooting. He added 10 rebounds and seven assists. 

Eric Gordon scored 14 points off the bench.

The Rockets will hit the road for their preseason finale Friday night when they take on the Miami Heat.