NBA wrap: Spurs top cold-shooting Rockets, James Harden

After a blowout loss to the Thunder on Thursday, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni lamented his team’s “anemic” offense this season.

The Rockets somehow shot the ball even worse Saturday in a 96-89 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio.

Houston shot just 33 percent from the field, and 22 percent (9-of-41) from 3-point territory. Yet the Rockets (4-7) hung around almost the entire game, thanks in part to 15 turnovers by the Spurs. The Spurs led by two at the half, and one after three quarters. Houston trailed by only one point, 86-85, with 3:07 remaining before San Antonio pulled away, as the cold-shooting Rockets missed their next six shots from the field.

James Harden hit just one of his 13 3-point attempts, shooting 7-of-27 overall. But, the rest of the starters were almost as bad (9-of-29 from the field).


Those numbers are a real problem for a team that was built on the premise of burying other teams under a flurry of 3-pointers. 

Meanwhile, the Spurs (7-4) continue their early season success. LaMarcus Aldridge had a big night with 27 points and 10 boards.

Studs of the night

Mike Conley scored a season-high 32 points to power the Grizzlies over the 76ers in overtime, 112-106.

Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell had 26 points and nine rebounds off the bench in a win against the Bucks.

Dud of the night

76ers rookie guard Landry Shamet hit only two of 13 shots from the field (1-11 on 3-point attempts) and had two turnovers in a loss to the Grizzlies.


Lou Williams hit this spectacular game winner in overtime for the Clippers.

Garrett Temple sent the Grizzlies into overtime with this clutch 3.

What’s next

Bucks (9-3) at Nuggets (9-3) 8 p.m. ET – Second-place in the East meets second-place in the West. The Bucks are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Clippers on Saturday.