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Fowler was sooooo close to making a spectacular sliding catch. Ball skipped out.
Harrell out after 5 and just over 100 pitches. Battled tonight. Walks still an issue. ERA lowered somewhat.
Rockets recall Covington, Canaan from RGV in time for NO tmrw. First step for them to have games Wed., Thur., Sat., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.
I'm riding in a Cab and he has a Keyboard in here!! Should I stay in here or nah??
If the Vipers/Rockets play in NO on Wed, and are with teams in both playoffs, could have games Wed, Thur, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.
I would imagine most if not all the Rockets starters will sit Wednesday in New Orleans. Maybe a few get some tune-up time.
For the first time this season, Rockets championship trophies were on display in locker room. Run to titles began on homecourt vs. Portland.
Rockets have homecourt advantage for first time since 2007 vs. Utah. That did not work out for them. Only Game 7 they ever lost at home.
Rockets swept the Spurs for the first time since 1988-89, the fourth team ever -- and second this season -- to sweep a 60-win team.
4-0 against the best team in the league. This was the Rockets' first regular season sweep of the Spurs since the 1988-89 season.
Rockets 104, Spurs 98. Rockets secure homecourt advantage vs. Portland, starting Saturday or Sunday.
FINAL: Rockets 104, Spurs 98. 4th seed is Houston's. Rockets clinch home court advantage in the first round against Portland.
The Rockets' playoff run will begin at Toyota Center this weekend. Houston completes season sweep of Spurs, winning 104-98.
James Harden, stepback 20-footer. Very smooth. 102-94 Rockets, 41.5 sec left.
9 offensive rebounds combined for Howard and Jones tonight. That's been the difference during HOU's last, desperate push.
It turns out, Austin Daye is no look Babbitt. Damion James checking back in.
Rockets' superior size and athleticism finally making hay here in 4Q. Offensive rebounding looming large as HOU back in front w/ 3:09 left.
Dwight Howard tied it up with an offensive board and putback, then TJones does the same. Rockets up 92-90, 3:20 left.
Stops. The Rockets need them. Spurs have hit 8-11 field goals here in the 4th. Beverley 3-pt play cuts it to 87-85 Spurs, 5:54 left.
Spurs, meanwhile, are currently on a 23-4 run, without Parker and Duncan. Harden finally gets HOU back on board w/ tough jumper.
Harden struggling tonight (just 2-12 FGs), so just throwing this out there: In 2 games vs SAS this yr he's scored 16 pts in 4Q of each.
Belinelli jumper and Spurs have their largest lead, 82-80, on a 20-4 run.
This is a 20-4 run by the Spurs, who now lead 82-80.
Josephy layup, and one. Game tied. Rockets starters back in, with 8:47 left.
Harden checking back in. He's 2 of 12, 0 for 4 on 3s. He has 7 assists , but has never looked sharp tonight.
Spurs run to end third, start fourth up to 13-0. Rockets lead down to 1, 10:10 left.
Spurs doing Spur things ...
Rockets 76, Spurs 68 after 3. Spurs scored last 6 points of quarter. Parsons with 19. Howard has 15, but took just 1 shots in 3rd quarter.
Parsons pours in 14 points in 3Q as Rockets now 12 mins away from clinching HC. Spurs hanging around, though, HOU lead still just 8.
Spurs closed the third on a 6-0 run, but Chandler Parsons scored 14 of his 19 points in this quarter. Rockets up 76-68 heading to 4th.
if Parsons keeps going like this, some local car dealership ought to set him up for some pregame demolition derby in playoffs.
It's been a real struggle for James Harden tonight, just 2-12 from the field. Parsons, Jones, Howard (15p each) carrying the scoring load.
As with games against Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Rockets seem better against starters than against backups.
Harden picks up his fourth foul trying to take a charge. Garcia set to check in. Rockets up 69-60.
Rockets up 12 as Duncan, Parker sit. Not sure if they will return.
Rockets up 69-57 with 4:10 left in 3Q. Duncan probably done for the night and Parker very well may be as well.
Jones alley oop with right hand over Duncan probably his best of many this season. Ridiculous.
And Terrence Jones just killed a guy
Not too shabby for guy who was a game-time decision. Parsons 10 points in 3Q, 15 overall, and is 2-4 from 3 (and 11-23 from vs SAS this yr)
OH MY, Terrence Jones.
Howard T similar to Duncan's. Both seemed inadvertent, but reckless, too.
Ginobili fouls Howard, who nails him with an elbow for a technical.
Parsons hits a three out of the corner. That's what's been missing -- Rockets now just 2-12 from long range. 62-56 Rockets, 7:00 left 3Q.
Terrence Jones just not coming close to putting a body on anyone, giving up offensive rebounds way too often.
Beverley fouls a shooter and McHale calls him over for one those settle down talks. Always a fine line way he defends.
Spurs going with same starters in second half. Duncan played 22 first-half minutes. As with all Spurs, averages less than 30.
Saw a fake "Quick Change" on road last week. Getting the real thing tonight. Up there in competition for best halftime act.
Not sure why Harden was so upset at Ginobili. Ginobili went for steal, missed, hit him in gut. Not his job to blow officials' whistle.
Rockets hit halftime with 50-43 lead. Teams a combined 2-21 from 3. Howard in peak form, however, with 12 pts, 11 rebs, 6-6 from field.
W/ SAS having nothing to play for, game lacking in intensity department... until last 2 mins. Harden hubbub certainly brought out some fire
Rockets 50, Spurs 43 at half. Dwight 6 of 6 for 12 points with 11 rebounds in 15 mins. Duncan 10p, 7r.
Terrence Jones launches a fast break 3 with 23.9 left in half. Makes zero sense.
50-43 Rockets at half. Dwight Howard a perfect 6-6 from the field for a first half double-double (12p-11r). Harden, TJones each w/ 9p.
Harden had to be restrained by Beverley after being called for an offensive foul. He was livid, screamed something that rhymes with pullmit.
Flagrant foul call was overturned after view review, but Harden was called for a technical. Lin in for Harden.
Harden was upset at a no call on Ginobili so drove into Manu, popped him for a rare flagrant offensive foul.
Harden draws a charge on a Ginobili Eurostep. If there is one move Harden knows...
Extremely uncharacteristic stat of the night: Rockets have turned it over just twice, and both times by Beverley. 44-36 Rockets, 3:34 2Q.
Duncan caught, held up Parsons after Diaw fouled him. Gave Leon Wood a look as if to ask if that was a T too. (Although Brothers Td him up.)
Duncan playing so many first half minutes, taking so many shots, I wonder if he'll be back for second half. He's 2 of 7.