SAN ANTONIO – – San Antonio failed to match the intensity of the understaffed Houston Rockets for three quarters but was still strong The Spurs finish was enough to score a four game home defeat

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Dejounte Murray had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio beat an eight-man Houston squad 103-91 on Saturday

“We played our best defense in the fourth quarter,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “Which is a good idea”

After a lethargic loss to Houston on Thursday, San Antonio crept three-quarters on a rare afternoon start

Murray had seven points in the fourth quarter, including a breakaway dunk that brought San Antonio 3:18 to 97-85 after taking the ball from Mason Jones in midfield

“We just fought hard,” Murray said. “We came in with the same schedule but I think we started very slowly We picked it up The efforts were there in the fourth quarter We just stuck with it and did that Game won ”

Houston center Christian Wood had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Jones had a season high of 24 when he started his career. Ben McLemore had a season high of 4v7 shooting from 3-point range 21 points No other player had more than seven points for the missiles

Houston was just playing its second game since disgruntled star James Harden was eliminated and was on the verge of not having eight players available as the league mandates The Rockets only had seven healthy players after Sterling Brown was ruled out with a lower leg injury but Rodions Kurucs was admitted an hour before the notice when the NBA approved the blockbuster deal in Harden Houston acquired Kurucs, Victor Oladipo and Dante Exum on Wednesday, as well as several draft picks and draft swaps for the disgruntled Harden Oladipo and Exum off the team, and the Rockets were left without John Wall, Eric Gordon, Demarcus Cousins, Brown, and three others due to injuries

Although the Rockets were understaffed, they had a 10-point lead in the first half. Houston built the advantage on 3-point shooting, finishing 12 for 32 from a long distance

“The effort from the beginning of the game was not what we would have liked or hoped for, especially after the last game,” said Mills. “But they deserve a lot of credit for their intensity and driving ability”

The Spurs were able to dominate the color, with Jakob Poeltl finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds

“We only focused on the fourth quarter, we really adjusted to it and didn’t want them to get into the color,” said Poeltl

Rockets: Brown was disfellowshipped about an hour before the game started. He had 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes in Houston’s 109-103 win on Thursday … Wood entered the game averaging 231 points and 101 rebounds Has scored at least 20 points in nine of his last 10 games… Kuruc’s first try and basket came when he broke to the edge for a back-to-back pass from Wood with 5:41 in the first quarter

Spurs: Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon stays with reserve center Drew Eubanks due to the league’s health and safety protocols from DeRozan was classified as a technical foul four minutes into the second quarter after he hit the ball after a layup DeRozan was upset, no fouls were directed on Tucker, who was defending him during the layup

Rockets GM Rafael Stone cited the “flexibility” offered by the historic range of first-round draft picks the franchise received in the James Harden deal as a reason to bring the multi-year MVP candidate to the Nets to forgive

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