National Basketball Association
San Antonio 103, Houston 91
When: 5:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2021
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Officials: #8 Marc Davis, #77 Karl Lane, #13 Dannica Mosher
Attendance: N/A

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs were at their best late in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting, short-handed Houston Rockets 103-91 on Saturday in the second game between the teams over a three-day period.

Jakob Poeltl and Dejounte Murray added double-doubles for the Spurs.

The Spurs led by three points heading into the fourth quarter and by just 85-82 with 7:54 remaining before putting together a late 10-0 to finish off Houston.

After suiting up just nine players in a 109-105 win over the Spurs on Thursday, Houston only had eight healthy players (the league required minimum) available Saturday. The eighth, Rodions Kurucs, acquired as part of the Rockets' trade of James Harden to Brooklyn on Wednesday, joined the team on Saturday morning.

Murray had 18 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio with Poeltl scoring 13 and taking 11 rebounds, and Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills hitting for 11 points each.

Christian Wood and Mason Jones led Houston with 24 points apiece while Ben McLemore hit for a season-high 21. Wood added a game-high 18 rebounds; Jones' point total was a career-high.

The Rockets were up by as many as nine points early in the second quarter. San Antonio rallied to tie the game late in the period before Jones' 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left allowed Houston to take a 53-50 lead at the half.

McLemore paced the Rockets with 18 points over the first 24 minutes, with Jones and Wood adding 12 points each in the half and Wood grabbing 10 rebounds before halftime.

DeRozan led San Antonio with 13 first-half points while Poeltl added 11 off the bench.

San Antonio went 1 for 10 from beyond the arc in the half, missing its first eight 3-point attempts, but stayed within reach by forcing 12 Houston turnovers that it converted into 16 first-half points.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Murray and Mills allowed the Spurs to score the final six points of a seesaw third quarter to give San Antonio a 75-72 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Houston   San Antonio
Mason Jones 24 Scoring DeMar DeRozan 24
Jae'Sean Tate 5 Assists DeMar DeRozan 4
Christian Wood 18 Rebounds Jakob Poeltl 11
Christian Wood 5 Free Throws Made DeMar DeRozan 6
Rodions Kurucs 2 Steals Dejounte Murray 3
Jae'Sean Tate 3 Blocks Jakob Poeltl 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Houston 91 36.9 12-32 17-27 20 51 9 6 23
San Antonio 103 40.0 5-24 18-23 19 58 7 10 12
Upcoming Games
  • San Antonio will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Spurs have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Rockets have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .500 after a loss.