Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – With just under two and a half minutes left in the game, the Houston Rockets had come storming all the way back against the San Antonio Spurs. Down 12 points to start the quarter, the Rockets fueled by Eric Gordon went on an 11-4 run to pull within four points.
Unfortunately, Gordon who got the Rockets back into the game with 13 fourth quarter points, would end up going cold at the worst time. With a little over a minute and a chance to make it a one-possession game, Gordon would miss on two open three’s.
The Rockets would still manage to get a few more looks in the closing seconds but Spurs defense intensified and forced some pretty bad shots.
“They’re a tough team,” Eric Gordon said. “We had a great run, but we just couldn’t overcome it.”
Defensively the Rockets held the Spurs to only one 30 plus point quarter when they scored 33 in the third. The Rockets played them tough, but shots were very hard to come by especially in the first half as they could only make 31% of their shots.
“We held them to 49 points in that first half which is pretty good,” James Harden said. “We had 40 (in the first half) which we missed open shots — the difference in the game we just missed shots.”
It may have been a loss but in the game, the Rockets did have a few bright spots. Gordon finished with a season-high 27 points which included seven three’s which tied his career high.
Harden also had his second triple-double of the season with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists.
The end result was a loss, but the Rockets are happy with the way they fought and came back.
“We had an opportunity (with) a little over a minute to go,” Harden said. “(We went) from a 16 point deficit to a 4 point deficit, we just didn’t make enough shots, as a team I thought we did a really good of just continuing to compete and giving ourselves a chance to win.”