Harden scores 28 as Rockets cease Spurs


James Harden scored 28 points during a 102-91 win at San Antonio on Thursday, adding two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

The Rockets dominated San Antonio in a 124-109 win on December 15 in Space City, leading from start to finish as both Chris Paul and Harden scored 28 points for Houston to more than balance out the 16 points in the game for Aldridge, who paced San Antonio.

We know how much Steve Kerr hates traveling, but a particular play on Thursday night annoyed the Warriors head coach enough to voice his displeasure on Twitter...and then subsequently delete the post. This is a rather ordinary line compared to his 60-point trip-dub.

They are less than a week removed from pounding defending champion Golden State 129-99, a game in which Utah held the Warriors almost 17 points below their season average. LaMarcus Aldridge (16) and Bryn Forbes (11) were the only other Spurs in double figures. I'm here. I get to see what he's doing night in, night out.

"He (Paul) came over and said 'coach, it's on me".

Something about that play upset Warriors coach Steve Kerr, because he jumped in the comments and ripped Harden and the National Basketball Association for whatever reason.

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Harden racked up 18 points in the final quarter to set Houston's single-game scoring record, besting the 57 points scored by Calvin Murphy in 1978. But at the half, the Rockets held a 16-point lead, 54-38. Houston's defense locked down on San Antonio from the onset allowing the Spurs to score just 14 points in the first quarter.

Aldridge, who was chosen as a reserve for the Western Conference in the upcoming All-Star Game, has carried San Antonio for most of the campaign while star forward Kawhi Leonard remains on the shelf rehabbing an offseason quad injury.

"You want to improve every time", Popovich said. It doesn't matter who's hurt and who is not on the court.

"That's why I was pleased with their ball movement in the second half compared to the first half". "My second day with the phone was yesterday when a friend DM'd me and said, 'What do you think about this [James Harden] clip?' And I responded to him. But I think the biggest thing is defensively he really did a good job".

Unofficially, the rodeo road trip begins Saturday night against Utah at the AT&T Center. Tipoff is at 8.