Spurs end Rockets win streak in 102-100 thriller

HOUSTON, Sporting Alert – Kawhi Leonard scored a workman-like 21 points and led six San Antonio players in double-digit scoring and the Spurs rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 102-100 on Tuesday night.

The Spurs (23-5) trailed by 13 points with 4:39 left in the game but used a 19-4 run during that period to secure their fifth straight.

Leonard was only 5-of-13 from the floor and missed all three attempts from 3-point range but he also had five rebounds, five steals and four assists in the win.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Patty Mills finished with 13 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left, while Manu Ginobili hit four 3-pointers en route to scoring 12 points for San Antonio.

“We got a break because they shot terribly,” Ginobili said. “We did a pretty good job of contesting many of them but they (missed) some open ones, too, and that’s not what they usually do.”

Danny Green scored 12 points and Pau Gasol supported with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who will next face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

James Harden paced the Rockets with 31 points, 10 rebounds and seven boards, but missed a step-back three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Trevor Ariza added 16 points, six rebounds and four steals in the defeat and Eric Gordon ended with 13 points for the home side at Toyota Center.

Sam Dekker and Nene each had 10 points and seven rebounds for Houston (21-8), which had its 10 game winning streak snapped.

Houston shot a frustrating 6-38 from 3s for a season-low 15.8 percent from long-range in the defeat.

“We missed 30 (something) 3’s and we still had a chance to win the game,” Harden said. “We should have won the game but … give them credit, they made shots.”

A pair of free throws by Anderson gave Houston a commanding 96-83 lead with 4:39 remaining, but the hosts couldn’t close out the game.

“It’s real tough, especially when we let two big leads slip away,” Harden added.

“We’ve got to close the game out. … I didn’t close the right way. We didn’t close the right way as a team.”

Houston is back in action on Wednesday when it visits the Phoenix Sun.

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