HOUSTON (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
The Spurs avenged a 101-99 loss to the Rockets in San Antonio on Wednesday night and improved to 5-0 on the road, where they have outscored opponents by an average of 12.8 points.
James Harden had a triple-double for a second straight game against the Spurs, finishing with 25 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but also added seven costly turnovers. A deep 3-pointer by Eric Gordon cut the lead to four with 2 minutes remaining, but Houston struggled to make stops down the stretch.
Gordon scored 27 points off the bench, going 7 of 12 on 3-pointers.
Houston attempted 47 3s in the game, making 15 (31.9 percent).
The Rockets have lost three of their last four home games against the Spurs in the I-10 rivalry after winning seven of the previous eight. With the Spurs up 16 early in the fourth, a loud "Go Spurs Go!" chant overtook the Toyota Center crowd.
When the Rockets struggled to score in the paint against San Antonio's defense, they settled for 3-pointers. That strategy failed for much of the game as streaky shooting kept them in a hole.
Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 16 points, Pau Gasol scored 15 and Manu Ginobili added 12 off the bench.
Harden hit a running 39-footer at the buzzer to cut San Antonio's lead to 26-22 after one. Leonard tried a buzzer-beater of his own to end the second quarter with a deep 3, but it clanked off the front of the rim, and the Spurs led 49-40 at the half.
Spurs: Danny Green returned to the starting lineup after resting for Friday night's win over Detroit. Green scored five points in 27 minutes. ... Houston native SF Jonathon Simmons scored six points in 16 minutes. ... San Antonio entered Saturday's game leading the league in free throw percentage (86.3 percent) and ranking second in 3-point percentage (39.6 percent) and finished 19 of 24 from the line and 5 of 18 from 3.
Rockets: Houston went scoreless for the first 3 minutes of the game, missing its first eight shots. ... PG Patrick Beverley was inactive as he continues to recover from knee surgery but participated in pregame warmups and plans to play later this week. ... Trevor Ariza had 15 points, and Clint Capela added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Spurs: Host Miami on Monday night.
Rockets: Host Philadelphia on Monday night.
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