Depleted Rockets Defeat Spurs

Jonathan Grant | January 15th, 2021

It’s been a tough, honestly, few weeks or even months for the Houston Rockets. James Harden had made it very clear, both publicly and privately, that he wanted to a trade. On top of that, the team has had Covid-19 issues and been shorthanded as a result. Due to the trade of Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, they once again were shorthanded on Thursday night as they took on in-state rivals San Antonio. The Spurs came into the game looking to get off the .500 mark, but they remain there after a valiant 109-105 win for the visiting shorthanders.

Houston Tribune

Christian Wood led the way for them, stepping up with 27 points and 15 rebounds for a tremendous double-double, as they got a win in their first game without Harden in years. Harden’s replacement, little-known Sterling Brown, also stepped up in a big way, scoring 23 points in 36 minutes of action. It’s almost as if the team took a huge sigh of relief due to the trade finally having happened. The team will soon be getting Victor Oladipo to join the ranks, as well as Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs, so that will help shore up the numbers. A 15-2 run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference maker, taking the Spurs from looking like winners to eventual losers.

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