Harden finished one assist shy (14 points, nine assists) of a first half double-double. It's an inside-out game, and that's what it does to defenders, too - turns them inside out.
It's early yet, but it looks like we had the description right yet probably mixed up the names - we were thinking of Harden, not Russell Westbrook. "Paul hit a great shot and they got going here at home and carried that enthusiasm and aggression into overtime defense".
The third quarter started out well for the good guys, but defensive breakdown allowed Harden to get repeated drives to the basket.
Leonard made 11 shots on a career-high 26 field goal attempts.
Houston also received 15 points from Eric Gordon, 12 from Clint Capela and a surprising 10 points off the bench from Sam Dekker. Maybe the Spurs won't have the elite homecourt advantage they've had these last couple of seasons?
"We made some stops when we had to", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Backup guard Patty Mills said that losing at home is "a lot more painful" than coming up short on the road.
It's been nearly two years since the Spurs suffered a three-game home-losing streak - 691 days exactly.
Asked about his first game, Green said: "I felt a little exhausted, but my body reacted a little better than I thought it would".
Houston is 4-3 on the season - they can thank their porous defense for those three losses - but they have one of the most efficient offenses in the National Basketball Association - arguably on par with Golden State and Cleveland - with Harden in his new role. His offense still needs some work, as he is not much of a threat outside the paint.
Director of Paris and Brussels terror attacks ID'd
Oussama Atar's name has now been linked to both attacks in the role of co-ordinator, but not necessarily overall commander. Late past year a wave of bombings and shootings killed 130 people and injured hundreds more across the French capital.
Harrell has seen sparse action so far.
Rockets: Harden had his streak of four straight games with at least 30 points and 12 assists snapped.
Harden recorded his 10th career triple-double and led five players in double figures. The world seemed to stand still when Harden had the ball, because the Rockets were playing 1-on-1, or, at best 2-on-2 with a high pick-and-roll.
The biggest issue facing the Rockets going forward is their defense.
The Spurs have struggled out of the gates at home but will they win convincingly versus the Rockets tonight at 9:30PM ET? "That's what we've been doing here at home, play a quarter or two of defense and a quarter or two of no defense". Also, restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas may finally sign. The Rockets lead was just three with 3:39 left. He has already done some light shooting and running during his rehab sessions.
"Best point guard or best player?"
Beverley is very defensive oriented and likes to be aggressive on that end of the floor. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 87.1 percent from the free throw line.
The Rockets were 10 for 30 on 3-pointers and shot 47 percent overall in snapping a four-game skid at San Antonio. Stein said that Rockets have offered a multiyear deal that begins at $7 million a season, with the possibility that it could increase to $8 million per season due to incentives.
For now though, enjoy your Southwest Division first-place Rockets.