The Houston Rockets overcame a huge first quarter by the Spurs and kept the game competitive, but ultimately fell short, losing 122-116. James Harden led the Rockets with 33 points.
Despite an impressive performance to keep the game competitive, the Houston Rockets could not overcome a scoring onslaught from the San Antonio Spurs, losing 122-116. The Spurs jumped out to an early lead with an explosive 41-point first quarter that saw three Spurs scoring in double figures. The Rockets came out strong in the second quarter to cut the lead and keep the game close, and maintained that effort until early in the fourth quarter when the Spurs pulled away for good.
The Rockets were led by the trio of James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin. Harden finished with 33 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. Parsons had 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal. Lin tallied 21 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds.
The Spurs' victory was led by San Antonio's big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Duncan had 30 points and five rebounds, Parker had a double double with 31 points and 10 assists, and Ginobili finished with 23 points off the bench.