I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the quick recap. I'm sleep deprived and had a horrible drive back from upstate.
Both teams got off to blistering start. The Rockets hung 29 on the Spurs in the first quarter alone. Usually that is good enough to get the job done against most teams. The San Antonio aren't like most teams and managed to hang 41 on the Rockets in the same quarter. Fortunately adjustments were made in the second with ball movement and defense deciding to show up for the Rockets. Noticeably, at the half, the Rockets tallied 11 turnovers, well on the way to showing that season averages are definitely a thing. The Spurs shot 63% in the first half and homie ain't got time for that if we're going to win games.
The second half saw a lot of the same ebb and flow to the game. The Rockets looked tentative to drive into the paint and the Spurs very nearly dared them to take the outside shot. The Spurs showed intelligence and grit on the floor tonight. The Rockets attempted to run the Spurs off the floor and they weren't hearing any of it. As the third quarter went on the Rockets began to show some emotion and the ball movement began to improve. The intensity stepped up and they didn't let the Spurs run away with the lead. Sadly the refs seemed intent on letting the Rockets rack up some penalties (Harden was hit with his 5th foul on a jump ball). The fourth quarter was an intense grouping of traded baskets and quick plays. Unfortunately the Spurs bench decided that this game didn't deserve to be close and quickly gouged the Rockets for points early. Sadly, the Rockets looked completely lost when it came to interior defense.
Sadly, the Rockets just coughed up a relatively poor performance after a string of gutsy wins and great performances. James Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Chandler Parsons came to play. Asik disappeared randomly tonight after his strong outings. Unfortunately when Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli hang 30, 31, and 23 on you respectively it's going to be tough to beat a team. The Rockets hung in tough to try to make it a close game and finished it within 6 which is closer than the previous Spurs blowouts we've been victim to.
Notable stat lines: James Harden 33 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, Jeremy Lin 21 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and Chandler Parsons 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Questionable Call: Cole Aldrich notching more playing time than Greg Smith. Nothing was really slowing Tim Duncan down but you should be going with the youngster with bulk and aggression rather than the youngster who doesn't deserve to be out on the floor.