The San Antonio Spurs lost their final preseason game to the Houston Rockets 96-87. The game marked the Spurs’ fifth loss in the preseason.
San Antonio opened the game like many fo their other preseason games, finding themselves with an early deficit. The Spurs trailed by five points at the end of the firt quarter.
Things did not get better for the Spurs in the second quarter as San Antonio was outscored 25-13 by the Houston Rockets, creating a 17 point deficit at the half.
The Spurs were able to pull things together in the second half somewhat, outscoring the Rockets 55-47 in the final 24 minutes. The early deficit proved to be too much for the San Antonio Spurs though as they wound up losing the game.
James Harden led the way for the Houston Rockets scoring 25 points total with 20 of those points coming the off of 7-of-10 shooting in the third. Rockets guard Isaiah Canaan also played well, going for 18 points along with five rebounds.
The San Antonio Spurs were led offensively by Marco Belinelli in the losing effort.The Italian shooting guard, who played 33 minutes, scored 19 points on an impressive 6-of-9 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 shooting from deep.
This was great for Gregg Popovich as he had been giving Belinelli additional minutes to get him ready for the regular season.
Other notable performances for the Spurs included Danny Green with 14 points and Tim Duncan with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams shot the ball poorly during the game with the Spurs shooting 40.6% and the Rockets shooting 42.2%.
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Also to note, the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, and Patty Mills for the game.
The game moved San Antonio’s final preseason record to 2-5, their second straight under .500 preseason. The Houston Rockets moved to 6-2 with the win.
Next up for the San Antonio Spurs is their regular season opener at home on October 28th at 7 p.m. against the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs will be raising their fifth championship banner so it is a game you surely do not want to miss.
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