Rockets don't need James Harden to take down Mavericks

13 March, 2018, 10:56 | Author: Kim Reid
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The Spurs are trying to rebound after their 104-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game. Rudy Gay led San Antonio in scoring with 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting.

Since the break, the Spurs have been a middling both offensively and defensively relative to efficiency, and their effective field goal percentage (50.7) would rank 26th in the league if extrapolated over the entire season. The Rockets had a rate of 0.565 (above their season average of 0.555), while the Mavericks posted a mark of 0.378 (below their season average of 0.516).

The NBA League Pass lets you watch every NBA game depending on the package you select. We just want to finish No. 1. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from beyond the arc.

The Spurs were led by their bench unit against the Rockets, with rookie Derrick White posting a team-high 14 points, while Bryn Forbes also had 14. Houston had a much better turnover percentage (9.0 vs. 15.0).

"Well, that's good for them", Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News about the report.

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Brandon Jennings, signed to a 10-day contract by Milwaukee on Saturday, finished two rebounds short of a triple-double with 16 points and 12 assists.

"We've played a lot of games in 10 days", D'Antoni said.

At home, Houston is 12-18-1 ATS with 17 overs and 14 unders. Houston holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Lillard scored 21 points after halftime.

It San Antonio's third successive defeat and ninth in 11 games.

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But while the Spurs lost Monday, all is not lost for the team.

Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82 on Sunday night.The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate.Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets are 5-3 without him in the lineup.

Houston ranks second in rebounds allowed per game (41.2) while San Antonio ranks 11th (42.5). Those coaches have met five times in the postseason, with D'Antoni's teams being eliminated each time, including the Spurs knocking out the Rockets in six games during last season's West semifinals despite Leonard's absence in the sixth and deciding game of the series.

Houston averages 11.5 fast break points per game, which ranks 15th in the National Basketball Association.

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