Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Houston Rockets are looking to grab a third straight victory as they are coming fresh off of a 129-112 win against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. They will look to do that as they take on the San Antonio Spurs today. As for the Spurs, they will also hope to capture a third consecutive win, coming off of a 122-113 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Today’s matchup will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 16 when the Rockets crept away with a 109-107 win. During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs have battled each other a grand total of 221 times as the Spurs won 119 times while the Rockets were kept to 102 victories.
-Eric Gordon (ankle; 14.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 37.0 FG%, 31.9 3P%)
-James Harden (rest; 34.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Danuel House (toe; 10.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.7 FG%, 36.3 3P%)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 77.8 FG%)
San Antonio Spurs:
-Bryn Forbes (quad; 11.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 38.8 3P%)
-Trey Lyles (appendicitis; 6.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.7 3P%)
-Tyler Zeller (knee; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%)
-Patty Mills (coach’s decision; 11.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.9 3P%)
The San Antonio Spurs would have full control of things in the first half as they shot 50% from the field, keeping the Houston Rockets to 42%. DeMar DeRozan warmed up with 15 points while grabbing 3 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists, committing one steal, and blocking one shot. Shooting guard Lonnie Walker contributed with ten points which included two three-pointers. Jakob Poeltl also had ten points while Dejounte Murray and Derrick White combined for six points. Keldon Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.
On the other end of the floor, Jeff Green chalked up 11 points while missing just one of his five shots attempted. Former Sacramento Kings’ guard Ben McLemore recorded ten points while Russell Westbrook also had ten points, along with three rebounds and six assists. Austin Rivers played 17 minutes off the bench as he dropped ten points but it was the Spurs who went into halftime with a huge 66 to 49 advantage.
The San Antonio Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot 48% from the field, keeping the Houston Rockets to 40% shooting. DeRozan ended up cooling down as he only had eight points but he was able to grab three rebounds, dished out two assists, and committed one steal. Murray had seven points while Poeltl and Walker combined for just six. Johnson played 13 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.
As for the Houston team, Westbrook added 10 more points to his scoring total, which included two three-pointers. DeMarre Carroll played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Spurs ran away with a 123-105 victory. Keldon Johnson finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Russell Westbrook settled for 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.
The Houston Rockets will play T.J. Warren (19.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 53.6 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (43-28) on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on November 15 when the Pacers fell to the Rockets, 111-102. James Harden finished that contest with 44 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals while Domantas Sabonis had 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The San Antonio Spurs will battle Donovan Mitchell (24.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (43-28) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will fight each other this season. August 7 was the last time they played each other as the Spurs handed the Jazz a 119-111 loss. During that game, Derrick White scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed a steal and blocked a shot while Jordan Clarkson had 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.