The weekend was not kind to the Houston Rockets, with a look at the NBA scores and results from Friday and Saturday showing the team picking up a pair of losses. Houston was on the road on Friday night, taking on the San Antonio Spurs, and at home on Saturday for a game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Houston's defense came up short in Friday's 114-92 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are second in the league in points per game, and they kept the ball moving as they hammered the Rockets. Every active San Antonio player scored, and six of them had 12 or more points. Jeremy Lin was unable to lock down Tony Parker, who led San Antonio with 17 points. James Harden, playing his first game in San Antonio since the 2012 Western Conference Finals, led Houston with 29 points.
Defense was again the issue on Saturday night, as the Rockets fell to the Mavericks, 116-109. Houston is now at the bottom of the league in points allowed, with opponents averaging 103.9 points per game. O.J. Mayo had 40 points for Dallas, and Chris Kaman added another 20. Harden had 39 points for Houston, with all but nine of them coming in the first half. Lin played a season-low 18 minutes, taking four shots and making two of them, both three-pointers.
One positive for Houston was the return of Kevin McHale. The tragic death of his daughter kept him away from basketball for nearly a month.