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Tarik Black was double-teamed in the low post by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker -- a sentence I did not expect to type maybe ever.
Spurs playing more regulars in the fourth quarter than they probably will in April here. Duncan, Parker, Green and Belinelli start the 4th.
No need to check the scoreboard. Daniels and Canaan in so this must be the start of the fourth quarter.
Troy Daniels enters the game to start the 4th quarter.
Harden quick getting some shots up before the third quarter ends and he sits. He's 7 of 9 in the quarter for 20 of his 25 points.
Harden just hit is fifth 3 of the night. He is 5/9. Rockets lead Spurs 76-60.
Little things Rockets didn't do last year -- Papa outhustles Spurs to offensive board, leads to a Harden three. Harden now has 15 in the 3Q.
We're moving the dials on the Popometer. He got in Tony Parker's face in that time out. Nothing too extreme by his standards, but...
Ariza chatted with Pop during time out. Kid official said he needed to go back toward Rockets bench area until horn. Lighten up, Francis.
Rockets have led the league in turnovers forced per game this preseason. The Spurs had 13 in the first half tonight.
Parker played 15 mins, Duncan 13 in 1st half. Not sure we'll see a ton of them in second half. Rockets up 17 with Harden 2 of 9 for just 5.
Since McHale took TO less than 4 minutes into the game, Spurs have gone 7 of 24 for 21 points over 20 mins. No FGs in final 6 1/2 of half.
49-32 Rockets over Spurs at half. Beverley-Ariza combo outstanding tonight. Excited about what those two will do for perimeter D this year.
Happy for Isaiah Canaan. Had to be a tough preseason, but he's showed something these past few games.
Aaron Baynes caught Harden with a hard right to the side of his head on a screen. Play on.
Game began with Spurs moving ball, getting open looks as if back in Game 5. Since then, Rockets have really stepped up D. Best it's looked.
A Kostas Papanikolaou 3-pointer gives the Rockets a 10-pt lead in the 2nd QTR
Terrence Jones getting a long run as a backup center, matched up with Duncan. Best he's looked in a while.
This is the first time in the preseason that we have seen Isaiah Canaan before Ish Smith.
Now this is different. Isaiah Canaan starts the second quarter at the point.
End of the first, Rockets lead the Spurs 24-19 in their final preseason game.
D-Mo could not make a shot (0-11) on Wednesday. Can't miss one so far tonight. Hit all 3 with right hand.
Terry checks in for the Rockets- his first time in front of the home crowd.
Jason Terry checks in at point. Think we'll see a lot of that, especially with Harden still on floor.
Motiejunas hits his first shot, a falling, off-hand hook. A tougher shot than any of the 11 he missed on Wednesday.
All of the Spurs' 5 FGs have come off assists. All none of the Rockets four (on 14 attempts) have come off a pass. Kind of how both play.
Got to think Tarik Black starting last 2 Rockets preseason games while Dwight's out says a lot about him making this team. Can't be ignored.
McHale offered no insight as to how Dwight cut his arm, but it seems I have the Derek Stevens song, "The Lady I know" stuck in my head.
Tarik Black starting again at center. Canaan to split bench time with Smith. Make of that what you will.
Rockets announce they picked up Earl Clark. Now the cuts this weekend get very interesting.
Playing in Orlando is still my favorite.
Dwight Howard's stitches came from something that happened at home- not practice or a game. He was at the Toyota Center this morning.
Dwight Howard has a laceration in his forearm that required stitches. He is fine, but is going to sit out tonight vs. Spurs.
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Toughest decisions this yr I can recall 2get down to 15. Good problem as staff did gr8 job bringing in players who can contribute!
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Could be some NBA interest in Covington, D-League ROY last yr, but might have to weigh non-guaranteed money here vs. guarantees elsewhere.
Rockets still have not officially waived Robert Covington, but has not been w team for almost 2 weeks. Weighing guaranteed offers in Europe.
Rockets make release of Akil Mitchell official today and sign Geron Johnson. Both will soon be proud RGV Vipers.
Terrence Jones just had a stiff neck from when the ball was saved off his face. Could have kept playing.
Rockets win 90-89 as Orlando misses at the buzzer. Isaiah Canaan scored all 14 of his points in the fourth.
Green misses at the buzzer. Rockets starters celebrate 90-89 win led by Canaan, Daniels and Johnson. Commemorative video available in lobby.
It has been an ugly game, but a 14-0 Rocket run over a 2:13 span has given them the lead, 87-86, with 2:15 left in Orlando.
BTW, for those into this sort of thing, Canaan, Daniels and Johnson have led a thrilling comeback from down 12 to 1-pt lead. Canaan with 12.
Man, D-Mo is suffering. He is 0 for 11, including an 0 for 5 on 3s. Rockets bench will go nuts if he finally gets something to go.
Jeff Adrien w/ a hard foul of Dewayne Dedmon who jumped up as if he was going to do something. He didn't. Officials can review that this yr.
Terrence Jones heads to the locker room with 9 minutes left. He has been putting heat on the back of his neck. Don't think anything serious.
TJones is 3 of 10, Papanikolaou 1 of 7 and Motiejunas 0 for 7. Maybe they should try their right hands for awhile.
The J.J. Watt commercial dancers are back at it and better than ever. Sadly, the time out ended and the game resumed.
Kevin McHale was so stern in calling his players over in that time out, Kyle O'Quinn joined them.
Terrence Jones' shot selection tonight -- if he sees a shot, he selects to shoot it.
Looks like James Harden will call it a night. Troy Daniels starting the second half.
So far, the most memorable thing to take from this game is the halftime show, a trick ballhandler, was outstanding. Immediately in top 5.
McHale apparently reading tweets. Isaiah Canaan checks in.
McHale on rotation tonight: "We’re trying to reward the guys who’ve played well in practice. We definitely aren’t 100 percent set yet."