SPURS GET FIRST WIN IN HOUSTON SINCE 2017 PLAYOFFS
Behind 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists from DeMar DeRozan, who again hit a couple of big baskets late, the Spurs held off a fourth quarter rally to beat the Rockets 111-106.
Houston was without Christian Wood, who suffered a right ankle sprain Thursday in Memphis. The Spurs didn’t have LaMarcus Aldridge or Lonnie Walker IV.
Though San Antonio didn’t shoot particularly well (42.5% from the field, 32% from three-point range), they thrived off great balance with eight of the nine Spurs who played scoring at least 9 points. Drew Eubanks matched his career high in points with 12 in just 16 minutes.
It marked a second straight win for the Silver and Black and their first in Houston since the 114-75 Game 6 thrashing of the Rockets to end the 2017 Western Conference Second Round – a game that’s among the most noteworthy in the rivalry because though the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker because of injures, they blew out the Rockets on a night that saw James Harden score only 10 points in what many observers described as a ‘disappearing act.’