Eric Gordon and Kevin Porter Jr. wear Rockets ahead of Spurs


January 12, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, United States; San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo (11) dribbles along the baseline as he is defended by Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green (0) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gordon scored 31 points and Kevin Porter Jr. scored 12 of his 18 points in the last four minutes as the visiting Houston Rockets beat the San Antonio Spurs 128-124 on Wednesday to end a three-game losing streak consecutive.

The Rockets led by just four points with 5:01 left before Porter scored eight of his points in a 10-3 streak in the next minute and a half, which produced a 118-107.

He later hit a 3-point pointer with 58.4 seconds left to extend the lead to nine, and the Rockets held on throughout the stretch.

Christian Wood added 23 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, while Jalen Green scored 14 and Jae’Sean Tate scored 13.

Dejounte Murray scored his 11th career brace with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost four in a row and eight of nine.

Bryn Forbes added 21 points, Keldon Johnson had 18, Jakob Poeltl 13, Devin Vassell 12 and Keita Bates-Diop and Lonnie Walker IV 11 points each. The Spurs were without starters Derrick White and Doug McDermott, who are in league health and safety protocol.

The Rockets led most of the first half and up 12 points in the first period.

San Antonio rebounded from a 37-28 deficit with 1:47 remaining to get closer to three points heading into the second quarter.

Spurs took the lead on a 3-point Forbes with 2:12 left in the first half, and used Murray’s layup with 1.9 seconds left to extend their advantage to 67-63 at the half time.

Forbes had 6 of his 9 3-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points off the bench in the first half, Murray and Johnson adding 10 each.

Wood scored 14 points and Gordon scored 11 to set the pace for the Rockets at halftime. Houston passed the Spurs 54.3% to 45.3% at halftime and had a 34-26 points advantage in the paint.

San Antonio took a nine-point lead in the third quarter before the Rockets, behind Gordon’s 10 straight points, rose to 91-90 early in the final period.

–Field level media

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