San Antonio narrowly defeated the revamped Houston Rockets on Saturday night, surviving an offensive onslaught from John Wall and Eric Gordon. Though the Silver and Black surrendered two separate double-digit leads throughout the contests, they were able to seal the deal behind a rare pair of successful free throws from Jakob Poeltl and some timely late-game heroics from DeMar DeRozan.
It was a team-first effort led by 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists from DeMar DeRozan that saw six Spurs reach double-figures and two miss that mark by a single point. And their defense took a promising step in the right direction with Derrick White and Dejounte Murray starting alongside each other for the first time since last season during the NBA Restart.
The short-staffed Spurs now have a shot at redeeming themselves against a white-hot Warriors club that blew them out nearly three weeks ago as they kick off a back-to-back versus Golden State. Steph Curry is fresh off a 57 point performance in a one-possession loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and he isn’t likely to shy away firing away for this banged-up bunch.