The San Antonio Spurs ended a two game losing streak on Sunday night, defeating the Houston Rockets 110-106 at home.
The game marked debuts for players from both sides as Patty Mills made his return to the floor following offseason shoulder surgery and Josh Smith made his first start for the Rockets after being waived by Detroit Pistons last week.
Dec 28, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (8) reacts during the second half against the Houston Rockets at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
After struggling recently, the Spurs nearly gave up another game on Sunday against the Rockets. San Antonio led by nine points with under three minutes left in the game, however, Houston was able to use a late offensive surge to cut the lead to two with 12 seconds remaining.
Fortunately for the Spurs, Danny Green was able to knock down a pair of free throws to seal the win for San Antonio.
Turnovers were an issue for the victorious Spurs with San Antonio committing 19 giveaways in the game. Houston was even worse as they finished the game with 24 turnovers.
Both sides played each other very evenly in this late game thriller. The Rockets shot a better percentage from the field, 49.4% to the Spurs 47%, however, San Antonio was better from deep and the free throw line, 36.7% and 87.5%, compared to Houston, 36.4% and 58.1%, respectively.
The Spurs were led by Danny Green and his team high 24 points and five steals. Tim Duncan also played well for San Antonio, 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.
Patty Mills, who made his season debut for San Antonio, finished with eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
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For the Rockets, their attack was led by James Harden, Dwight Howard, and Corey Brewer, each who had more than 20 points. Harden was the leader of that group with 28 points. Josh Smith, who played his first game for Houston, had five points and eight rebounds.
With the win San Antonio improved to 19-13 on the season. Houston fell to 21-8 with the loss.
The question moving forward for the Spurs is how the team continues to handle the absences of Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard.
Next up for San Antonio is a road game against the Memphis Grizzlies scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.
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