James Harden and Chandler Parsons said something different though and in a tight affair that was only decided in the dying seconds of the final quarter, the Rockets came away with a 112-106 win at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs were never able to get ahead as they were outscored in the first half 57-46 and even though the Spurs bounced back with a 34-26 third period and a blistering start to the fourth quarter, the team led by Gregg Popovich couldn’t keep it up as they surrendered the lead in the last minute of the game.
It was a very dramatic game and it was ultimately decided by the Spurs, who weren’t able to score on several plays in crunch time. An awful three-pointer by Manu Ginobili when the Spurs were down by two, and another wasted offensive possession down by four with less than a minute to go, were only examples of how the Spurs weren’t able to execute offensively the way they’re used to. Even though that can be accredited to Houston’s defense, it was more due to the Spurs’ bad judgment tonight.
There were some positives on the game for the Spurs though, like the performance of Tony Parker (27 points and eight assists after missing yesterday’s game due to injury) and Tim Duncan, as well as the emergence of Marco Belinelli as a legit scoring option from the bench (18 points). But, the bottom line is that Spurs lost a game they should’ve won.
San Antonio now has lost two of their last three and they need to adjust quickly to turn things around. They shouldn’t press the panic button yet but they also need to improve their decision making in the final minutes as that could be costly against top opponents just like today.