SAS San Antonio Spurs 101
San Antonio Spurs Spurs Overall (18-16)
ATS (18-15-1)
O/U (19-14-1)
December 22 2018
7:00 PM - SportsNet SW
HOU Houston Rockets 108
Houston Rockets Rockets Overall (17-15)
ATS (14-17-1)
O/U (17-15)
Final
Money Line Total: 217.5 Spread ATS
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527 San Antonio Spurs +180 Over -110 (+5) -110 UNDER: 209
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528 Houston Rockets -210 Under -110 (-5) -110 Cover: 2
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Final
Money Line Total:
217.5
Spread ATS
SAS 527 +180 Over: -110 (+5) -110 UNDER: 209
HOU 528 -210 Under: -110 (-5) -110 Cover: 2
Line Movement
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Date & Time Money Line Spread Over/Under
12/22/2018
4:09 PM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
HOU(-5)
-110
SAS
-110
217.5
-110
217.5
-110
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
HOU(-5)
-110
SAS
-110
216.5
-110
216.5
-110
12/22/2018
9:33 AM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
HOU(-5)
-110
SAS
-110
216
-110
216
-110
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
HOU(-5.5)
-110
SAS
-110
216
-110
216
-110
12/22/2018
5:36 AM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-5.5)
-110
SAS
-110
216
-110
216
-110
12/22/2018
10:45 PM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-5.5)
-110
SAS
-110
215.5
-110
215.5
-110
12/22/2018
8:24 PM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-6)
-110
SAS
-110
215.5
-110
215.5
-110
Money Line
Money Line
12/22/2018
4:09 PM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
12/22/2018
9:33 AM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
HOU
-210
SAS
+180
12/22/2018
5:36 AM
HOU
SAS
12/22/2018
10:45 PM
HOU
SAS
12/22/2018
8:24 PM
HOU
SAS
Spread
Spread
12/22/2018
4:09 PM
HOU(-5)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
HOU(-5)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
9:33 AM
HOU(-5)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
HOU(-5.5)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
5:36 AM
HOU(-5.5)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
10:45 PM
HOU(-5.5)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
8:24 PM
HOU(-6)
-110
SAS
-110
Total
Total
12/22/2018
4:09 PM
217.5
-110
217.5
-110
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
216.5
-110
216.5
-110
12/22/2018
9:33 AM
216
-110
216
-110
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
216
-110
216
-110
12/22/2018
5:36 AM
216
-110
216
-110
12/22/2018
10:45 PM
215.5
-110
215.5
-110
12/22/2018
8:24 PM
215.5
-110
215.5
-110
Recap

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul.

Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101 and won for the first time this season without Paul.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was asked where the line is between letting the reigning league MVP carry the team and putting too much on his plate.

"I haven't found the line yet — I'm still looking for it," D'Antoni said. "I can tell him afterward, but he has a better feeling about what he needs to do."

D'Antoni said Harden is playing in "another atmosphere" following his sixth straight game of scoring at least 30 points. After the Rockets let a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead slip and fell behind 97-96 with three minutes remaining, Harden scored nine of Houston's final 12 points, including two 3s, to close out the win.

"That's what we do," Harden said. "We do it at a high level, we shoot the ball, we shoot it with confidence. Some are going to go in, some aren't. That's the way we play."

The Rockets were playing without Paul, who suffered a Grade-2 left hamstring strain on Thursday night in Miami and is expected to be out at least two-to-four weeks. Houston entered Saturday winless in five games without Paul this season.

Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-high 23 rebounds, and Eric Gordon had 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.

Capela said his performance was partly inspired by Paul's absence.

"Everyone needs to step up because we don't have a choice," Capela said. "Tonight, we did a great job, but we've got a lot of things to work on because Chris is going to be out for a little while so we're all going to have to step up."

DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 28 points and eight assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, and Rudy Gay added 13.

DeRozan, a childhood friend of Harden's, said there's only one thing you can do defensively when Harden gets going.

"Hope he misses," he said.

The Rockets scored 43 points in the third quarter and carried a 15-point lead in the final period. That followed one of their lowest-scoring first two periods of the season, including a 13-point second quarter. San Antonio led 43-41 at the break.

In the third quarter, the Rockets made 9 of 13 3-pointers and finished the game with 19 3s on 54 attempts (35.2 percent). The Rockets were two games removed from setting an NBA record with 26 3s in a 136-118 win over Washington.

Danuel House Jr. made his first start of the season for Houston. In 28 minutes, House had four points and three rebounds.

Houston missed its first seven shots of the second quarter and went scoreless through the first five minutes of the period. The Rockets ended up with just 13 points in the second quarter, but trailed by just two points at halftime.

The Rockets opened up the third quarter on a 12-0 run and took a 10-point lead. Houston had a season-high 43 points in the third quarter. That followed a 41-point first half.

"I mean, we made shots," D'Antoni said on Houston's third-quarter turnaround. "I know it's a simple answer, but a lot of it is that, and then we cut off that energy. I thought our defense was good all the way from the first quarter on to give ourselves a chance."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Houston's rebounding made the difference. San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds

"Overall, the killer was the offensive boards," Popovich said. "Capela was great. I didn't look at the stat sheet yet, but that was the killer."

The Rockets have won six of their last seven, while the Spurs lost for just the second time in their last nine games.

"We've gotten better, for sure," Aldridge said. "We're playing a better brand of basketball, and I think we've learned how to play better with each other, and we'll get better, too."

TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. ... SG Derrick White had three blocks in the game.

Rockets: Backup PG Brandon Knight was playing under a minutes' restriction that was capped at 20, coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game. Knight played 12 minutes in the game. ... SF James Ennis III missed his sixth straight game with a right hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host Nuggets on Wednesday.

Rockets: Host Thunder on Tuesday.

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Matchup
Spurs Overall
W/L 18-16
ATS 18-15-1
Pts For 111.3
Pts Against 109.5
Total 19-14-1
Spurs Away
W/L 5-11
ATS 6-9-1
Pts For 111.0
Pts Against 115.8
Total 10-5-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-22
7:00 PM
at Rockets L 108-101 L (5) U (217.5)
12-21
7:30 PM
Timberwolves W 124-98 W (-4) O (219)
12-19
6:00 PM
at Magic W 129-90 W (-3) O (209.5)
12-17
7:30 PM
76ers W 123-96 W (-1) U (224.5)
12-15
7:30 PM
Bulls L 98-93 L (-9.5) U (214)
12-13
7:30 PM
Clippers W 125-87 W (-2.5) U (221.5)
12-11
7:30 PM
Suns W 111-86 W (-12.5) U (217)
12-9
6:00 PM
Jazz W 110-97 W (3.5) U (218.5)
12-7
7:30 PM
Lakers W 133-120 W (1) O (223.5)
12-5
9:30 PM
at Lakers L 121-113 T (8) O (225.5)
Avg. Points For 116.2
Avg. Points Against 100.1
ATS 7-2-1
Over/Under 4-6
Rockets Overall
W/L 17-15
ATS 14-17-1
Pts For 109.2
Pts Against 108.5
Total 17-15
Rockets Home
W/L 10-5
ATS 8-6-1
Pts For 112.7
Pts Against 110.5
Total 9-6
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-22
7:00 PM
Spurs W 108-101 W (-5) U (217.5)
12-20
7:00 PM
at Heat L 101-99 L (-3) U (211)
12-19
7:00 PM
Wizards W 136-118 W (-11) O (225.5)
12-17
7:00 PM
Jazz W 102-97 T (-5) U (212)
12-15
7:00 PM
at Grizzlies W 105-97 W (-5) O (201.5)
12-13
7:00 PM
Lakers W 126-111 W (-6) O (226)
12-11
7:00 PM
Trail Blazers W 111-104 W (-6.5) U (221)
12-8
5:00 PM
at Mavericks L 107-104 L (-3.5) U (218.5)
12-6
9:30 PM
at Jazz L 118-91 L (1.5) U (216)
12-3
7:00 PM
at Timberwolves L 103-91 L (-2) U (223.5)
Avg. Points For 107.3
Avg. Points Against 105.7
ATS 5-4-1
Over/Under 3-7
Scoring
Spurs
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
DeMar DeRozan (G) 37:3212-24 50%0-0 0%4-5 80%1781212-1728
LaMarcus Aldridge (C) 31:259-18 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%2600102-1118
Rudy Gay (F) 34:094-9 44.4%2-4 50%3-4 75%0850012313
Bryn Forbes (G) 28:375-10 50%2-5 40%0-0 0%0510014312
Davis Bertans (F) 23:084-7 57.1%3-5 60%0-0 0%0510100-111
Jakob Poeltl (C) 16:353-3 100%0-0 0%0-2 0%141021046
Derrick White (F) 27:322-6 33.3%1-2 50%0-0 0%155133335
Patty Mills (G) 20:282-5 40%1-4 25%0-0 0%0031011-105
Marco Belinelli (G-F) 20:341-6 16.7%1-4 25%0-0 0%0300013-93
Dante Cunningham (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Drew Eubanks (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Pau Gasol (C-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Chimezie Metu (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ben Moore (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Dejounte Murray (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Quincy Pondexter (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Lonnie Walker IV (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Rockets
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
James Harden (G) 41:0712-34 35.3%7-19 36.8%8-9 88.9%241020341439
Clint Capela (C) 34:358-11 72.7%0-0 0%5-8 62.5%82320132-121
Eric Gordon (G) 36:347-20 35%4-12 33.3%0-0 0%1260120618
Gerald Green (G-F) 31:075-14 35.7%5-13 38.5%0-0 0%0200101-415
PJ Tucker (F) 34:402-5 40%2-3 66.7%0-0 0%5163100406
Danuel House Jr. (F) 27:342-4 50%0-2 0%0-0 0%031000364
Gary Clark (F) 8:591-1 100%1-1 100%0-0 0%130000193
Nene (C-F) 13:250-2 0%0-0 0%2-4 50%140100182
Brandon Knight (G) 11:590-4 0%0-4 0%0-0 0%1100012-30
Carmelo Anthony (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Michael Carter-Williams (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Marquese Chriss (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Vincent Edwards (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
James Ennis III (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Isaiah Hartenstein (F-C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Chris Paul (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Date & Time Money Line Spread Over/Under
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-3)
-110
SAS
-110
105
-110
105
-110
12/22/2018
8:57 AM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-3)
-110
SAS
-110
104.5
-110
104.5
-110
Money Line
Money Line
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
HOU
SAS
12/22/2018
8:57 AM
HOU
SAS
Spread
Spread
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
HOU(-3)
-110
SAS
-110
12/22/2018
8:57 AM
HOU(-3)
-110
SAS
-110
Total
Total
12/22/2018
9:39 AM
105
-110
105
-110
12/22/2018
8:57 AM
104.5
-110
104.5
-110
2nd Half
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Date & Time Money Line Spread Over/Under
12/23/2018
8:12 PM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-4)
-110
SAS
-110
111.5
-110
111.5
-110
12/23/2018
8:09 PM
HOU
SAS
HOU(-4)
-110
SAS
-110
112
-110
112
-110
Money Line
Money Line
12/23/2018
8:12 PM
HOU
SAS
12/23/2018
8:09 PM
HOU
SAS
Spread
Spread
12/23/2018
8:12 PM
HOU(-4)
-110
SAS
-110
12/23/2018
8:09 PM
HOU(-4)
-110
SAS
-110
Total
Total
12/23/2018
8:12 PM
111.5
-110
111.5
-110
12/23/2018
8:09 PM
112
-110
112
-110
Props
TeamLineOVERUNDER
2ND HALF PRO BB & OT 111.5 -110 -110