Christian Wood, short-handed Rockets surprise Spurs
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[January 15, 2021]
Christian Wood racked up 27
points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the short-handed Houston
Rockets to a surprising 109-105 win over the host San Antonio Spurs
The game was Houston's first since it shipped star guard James
Harden to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a four-team trade that was
finalized Thursday morning.
None of the players the Rockets received in the trade -- Victor
Oladipo (from the Indiana Pacers), Dante Exum (from the Cleveland
Cavaliers), and Rodions Kurucs (from the Brooklyn Nets) -- was in
uniform on Thursday, forcing Houston to field a makeshift lineup
that more than held its own.
San Antonio led 99-90 after a hook shot by LaMarcus Aldridge with
4:39 to play and seemingly had finally put away the determined
Rockets. Houston answered with 3-pointers by Wood and Sterling
Brown, then tied the game at 101 on another Wood trey with 2:47
After a Spurs turnover, Wood canned a pair of free throws to grant
the Rockets a 103-101 lead. Brown added a layup after a miss by
Aldridge to put the Rockets up by four with 1:46 to play.
Keldon Johnson's layup with 1:31 left was countered by a hoop from
the Rockets' Jae'Sean Tate that rebuilt the four-point lead. A DeMar
DeRozan layup cut the advantage in half, and after a Houston
turnover, DeRozan's jumper with 0.3 seconds left went in and out.
Two free throws from Houston's P.J. Tucker in the final moments capped
Brown scored 23 points while Tate added 13 and P.J. Tucker scored 10 for
Houston. The Rockets were also without John Wall and Eric Gordon, both
due to minor leg injuries, and Danuel House Jr., sidelined due to
Johnson scored a career-high 29 points for San Antonio. Lonnie Walker IV
added 16, DeRozan had 13 points, Devin Vassell hit for 12 and Aldridge
had 11. Dejounte Murray contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and seven
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Houston Rockets forward
KJ Martin (6) shot blocked by San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl
(25) in the second quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott
Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
The Rockets led 48-45 at the half after being up by as many as 11
points midway through the second quarter. Wood led all players with
15 points and 12 rebounds in the half, and Brown added 10 first-half
Johnson paced the Spurs with 12 points in the half.
San Antonio built as much as an eight-point advantage in the third
period before settling for a 79-75 edge heading into the final 12
The Spurs and Rockets will meet again in San Antonio on Saturday
--Field Level Media
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