The Houston Rockets (53-14) defeated the struggling San Antonio Spurs 109-93. The Rockets defeated a Spurs team that competed but ultimately did not have enough to score with the second highest scoring team in the league (114 points/gm). The Spurs (37-30) have now lost three straight and are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.
The Rockets who are now 35-2 when James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela all play. They move a full two games ahead of the Golden State Warriors for the top seed in the west.
MVP front-runner James Harden led the Rockets with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assist. Chris Paul added his usual 18 points and 9 assist. Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green had 29 combined for 29 points.
San Antonio who is now 2-8 in their last 10 games were led Bryn Forbes and rookie Derrick White who each scored 14 points. Rudy Gay scored 13 points and was the only starter in double figures. Overall it was a tough night to score the basketball for Greg Popovichs squad.
They were without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge and superstar Kawhi Leonard. Sixth man Manu Ginobli also did not suit up for this game. Popovich was just looking for scoring somewhere and never found it. He’s hopeful he will not only get Aldridge back this week, but there is potential for Kawhi to suit up this week. The way the Spurs have looked, they are in desperate need for both.
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