The San antonio spurs they refuse to throw in the towel. The team led by Gregg Popovich complied with the established script and added a vital victory (123-105) against the Houston Rockets that keeps their playoff hopes alive. The 23rd consecutive postseason appearance is still a real possibility.
Those of the Alamo took advantage of all the facilities of their rival to hit early. Without James harden, whom Mike D’Antoni gave a well-deserved rest, and with Eric Gordon out with injury, the Houston Rockets lacked momentum and ideas. And is not for less. With fourth place in the Western Conference on the horizon, his concerns are very different.
Thus, the Rockets barely squeezed on both sides of the court, allowed many points on defense and their day in the field goal was far from usual. A 40.4% shooting from the field and a sad 29% accuracy in triples that shows the little real interest in the crash. The Spurs, for their part, played a lot and they made it understood from the beginning of the game.
Those of Gregg Popovich came to enjoy advantages close to 30 points and at the break they had already got the duel on track (66-49). Up to seven players finished the match with double digits in scoring, highlighting the performances of DeMar DeRozan (23 points) and a Keldon Johnson (24 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes) that confirms his status as an important future value in San Antonio.
Despite the victory, the San Antonio Spurs will need help to be one of the teams that will play this weekend for the last place in the Western Conference. The Texans need to win in their last game against the Utah Jazz and that Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns lose one of their two remaining games. Another option to participate in the torney play-in is for the Memphis Grizzlies to stumble in their last two games and either Portland or Phoenix lose one of their games.