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The Rockets found themselves down from the start against the Spurs on Friday, but fought back to make it a game in the third quarter before allowing San Antonio to embark on a 15-0 run.
San Antonio led by 15 early in the third quarter, but Houston was able to cut the deficit to eight points after James Harden scored seven points during a 9-2 run. Following a timeout, the Spurs reeled off a huge run spanning four minutes that was capped off by a pair of free throws from Tiago Splitter, increasing San Antonio's advantage to 81-58.
Harden finished with 29 points on 10 of 16 shooting, but the rest of the Rockets combined to shoot 27 of 79 from the floor. Meanwhile, six Spurs players finished in double-figures, led by Tony Parker, who scored 17 points and dished out seven assists in just 25 minutes of action.
San Antonio shot 55.2 percent from the field, compared to the Rockets' paltry 38.9-percent shooting.