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In Christian Houston Trust! Wood Powers Harden-less Houston Past San Antonio

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Christian Wood anchored Houston Rockets’ endgame run to pull off a 109-105 stunner over San Antonio Spurs in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Thursday night (Friday in the Philippines) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Down 90-99, Wood and Sterling Brown drained a triple each, while Jae’Sean Tate added a layup to come to within 98-101. Wood then converted a triple and two free throws to give Houston a 103-101 edge.

Brown and Tate then added a two-pointer each as the Rockets widened the lead to 107-103. The Spurs had a chance to regain the lead but misfired their attempts before Rockets’ PJ Tucker sealed the win with two free throws.

Wood finished the match with double-double 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Brown and Tate contributed 23 and 13 markers, respectively, as the Rockets halted its losing run to improve to 4-6.

This was the Rockets’ first game since trading away All-Star guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade. Their acquisitions Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum and Rodion Kurucz were not yet available for the match.

Also the Rockets were missing the services of starting guard John Wall, Danuel House Jr. and Eric Gordon due to injuries and illnesses.

Keldon Johnson top-scored with 29 points, while Lonnie Walker IV and Demar Derozan added 16 and 13 markers, respectively, as the Spurs dropped to 6-6 win-loss slate.

In other result, Chris Boucher tallied double-double 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Fred VanVleet added 17 as Toronto Raptors (3-8) outduelled Charlotte Hornets (6-7), 111-108.

BOX SCORE:

HOUSTON 109 — Wood 27, Brown 23, Tate 13, Tucker 10, Cousins 9, Nwaba 9, Jones 9, Martin 6, McLemore 3.

SAN ANTONIO 105 — Johnson 29, Walker 16, Derozan 13, Vassell 12, Aldridge 11, Murray 10, Mills 7, Gay 5, Poeltl 2.

Quarterscores: 30-27, 48-45, 75-79, 109-105.