The Spurs successfully dodged being broadcast for their first four warmup games, but TNT caught up to them for their 5th, a 9-point win over the Houston Rockets. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Rudy Gay chipped in a tidy 14-7-3-1. Both of San Antonio’s high scorers shot well, combining for 18 of 32.
The whole team shot almost 53%, while holding the Rockets to under 40% from the field and under 30% from three. In fact, without Eric Gordon coming unhinged from deep for 6-12, it would have gotten really ugly. But with no other Rocket able to connect consistently, the Spurs won every quarter and survived every run the home team made.
Got the preseason W tonight in Houston. pic.twitter.com/rq5FZHhtyo— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 14, 2017
One streak after another
If you just look at the quarterly scoring, it looks fairly straight forward. The Spurs won each quarter by 1, 2, or 4 points to get the road win. But this was a game of runs. Neither team ever ran away and hid from the other, but both teams suffered multiple scoring droughts. San Antonio had one early in the first as Houston went on a 14-4 tear, and they had one late in the fourth as a 102-89 laugher with 3 minutes to go became a 5 point game in just 90 seconds.
Easy being Green
Danny Green had a great all-around night. Sure, he scored 11 points on 3-8 with a three, but he dropped 7 dimes, grabbed 3 boards, snagged a steal and made one good decision after another. He’s just looked more mature and settled all preseason long, and I look forward to seeing him continue his confident play in the regular season.
Kyle got the start, and was +8 in 26 minutes — the best +/- number of any starter. While he only had three assists and one steal, he was a part of a number of great passing sequences, and his defense contributed to Houston’s shooting woes. The man is so often in the right place at the right time. I guess it doesn’t matter how slow you are if you can see the play unfold before it happens — you just put yourself where you need to be and make the play.
I saved Joffery Lauvergne for last again because I don’t want to seem to be playing favorites, but I should make it clear that I’m falling for him in a big way. He sank his first three buckets, all hook shots, on different set ups, scored 10 points on 5-7 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and one steal. He only had two assists, but he was once again playing quarterback on offense; nodding players around the court to take advantage of a scrambling defense. I’m so excited to see this guy recognized as this year’s “Of course the Spurs are getting production out of this guy.”