Despite a poor shooting night, the Spurs found some juice late in the game to pull out a win against the Rockets. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 24 points and 7 rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl each notched a double-double in points and rebounds. Murray scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Poeltl came off the bench to score 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the winning effort.
DeRozan goes hard in the paint and absorbs a lot of punishment in the paint. He earned every bit of these two points:
We could get used to this. Dejounte Murray caught fire and scored 7 points in a row to help the good guys late in the fourth quarter. He topped it off with a timely steal and a follow up emphatic dunk with less than 4 minutes to go in the game:
Jakob’s nice night had a bit of everything. Going forward, the Spurs will definitely need more “Bubble Poeltl.” We got a fever, and the only prescription is more Bubble Poeltl. Here, he gets Patty involved by feeding him down in the paint:
Speed kills: opposing defenses, that is. Off the deflection, Lonnie Walker IV went coast to coast at warp speed to get the bucket and the and-one:
Nothing but hustle. Rookie Devin Vassell saved the ball, second-year wonder Keldon Johnson chased it down, and wily veteran Patty Mills drew the loose ball foul in the type of hustle you love to see every night:
Last and never least, the full game highlights:
Next up, the Spurs head to Portland to take on the Trailblazers on Monday, January 18, 2021.