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Spurs rally for 2OT win after Harden’s disputed non-dunk

SAN ANTONIO (AP) James Harden had a slam dunk waved off by officials, the first sign that it might not be the Houston Rockets’ night.

Lonnie Walker IV helped make sure of that.

Walker had a career-high 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame Harden��s 50 points by rallying from a late 10-point deficit to beat Houston 135-133 in double overtime Tuesday.

Harden played a season-high 49 minutes coming off a 60-point outing Saturday over three quarters against Atlanta, but he was whistled for two charges in the second overtime. The second came against DeMar DeRozan with 0.8 seconds remaining, sealing San Antonio’s victory.

That followed a bizarre moment in the fourth quarter, when officials erased Harden’s dunk with 7:53 remaining and Houston leading 102-89. Officials ruled the ball didn’t clear the cylinder, but crew chief James Capers said after the game that, “in fact it did clear the net and should have been a successful field goal.”

Capers said the Rockets did not ask for a review within the 30-second window that coaches can challenge calls, during which time they were arguing and asking for clarification. The botched call crushed Houston’s momentum.

“We just stopped playing and they gained confidence,” Harden said.

The Rockets led by 22 in the second half and were up by double digits in the fourth quarter for all but the final 4:18.

Walker, a second-year guard who has been patiently waiting on the bench most of his career, took over in his first extended playing time to fuel the comeback.

“It was confidence,” Walker said. “My teammates kept me going, and once I started feeling it, I’m just going to let it go and play my game. I know what I can and cannot do. I’m just happy that we played team ball and we got this win.”

DeRozan added 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds as the Spurs won their second straight at home and snapped the Rockets’ two-game winning streak.

“They played faster but more sense of urgency than we did, especially being up,” Houston point guard Russell Westbrook said.

Harden had six points in the second overtime, including a follow of Clint Capela’s missed free throw with 1:41 remaining to put Houston up 131-128. Bryn Forbes tied it at 131 with a 3-pointer, and the teams traded free throws the remainder of the game.

In addition to drawing the late charge on Harden, DeRozan was also 3 for 4 on free throws in the final 30 seconds.

“That’s who he is, he’s the leader of the team,” Walker said. “We expect him to score in crunch time and make big plays and that’s exactly what he did. He got us this win.”

Capela had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and Austin Rivers and Westbrook added 19 points apiece for Houston. Westbrook was 7-of-30 shooting but added 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs were without starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his second straight game with a sore right thigh.

San Antonio responded with a group effort to beat the Rockets four days after knocking off the Los Angeles Clippers at home.

“This is a team that we think we have, we’ve just got to play like this consistently and we haven’t really done that,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “So, hopefully, we’re starting to figure that out.”

Forbes added 25 points, Jakob Poeltl had 15 rebounds, five blocks and five assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points in 23 minutes.

Houston outscored San Antonio 7-2 in the final two minutes of overtime to force a second OT. Harden’s runner bounded off the backboard and rim as the first overtime ended.

Walker had 18 points in the fourth quarter, including eight straight to close the period and force overtime. Walker’s run started with an alley-oop dunk followed by consecutive 3-pointers to tie it at 115-all with 11.5 seconds remaining.

“He is the most athletic player on this team,” DeRozan said. “He can do some things a lot of us can’t. He was just going out there playing with his will and ability and he got it going.”

TIP-INS

Rockets: Harden remained in the game after tweaking his left ankle and tumbling to the court with 5:26 remaining. Capela appeared to step on Harden trying to save the ball. Harden rose slowly and jogged gingerly upcourt but played all but the final 2:27 of the first quarter. ... Danuel House sat out with an undisclosed illness.

Spurs: Walker’s previous career highs were 16 points against Denver on April 3 and 26 minutes against Golden State on Feb. 6. He played 35 minutes Tuesday. ... Forbes had 25 points before fouling out with 48.5 seconds remaining the second overtime.

UP NEXT

Rockets: At Toronto on Thursday night.

Spurs: Host Sacramento on Friday night.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
D. DeRozan
10 SG
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
21.6 Pts. Per Game 21.6
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
5.5 Reb. Per Game 5.5
43.4 Field Goal % 51.4
43.6 Three Point % 52.4
87.6 Free Throw % 81.7
  Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker 0:00
  Lonnie Walker IV missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
+ 1 Lonnie Walker IV made 1st of 2 free throws 0:00
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:00
  Turnover on James Harden 0:00
  Offensive foul on James Harden 0:00
  Full timeout called 0:03
+ 1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Shooting foul on Austin Rivers 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 0:03
Team Stats
Points 133 135
Field Goals 42-112 (37.5%) 50-106 (47.2%)
3-Pointers 15-51 (29.4%) 13-30 (43.3%)
Free Throws 34-36 (94.4%) 22-32 (68.8%)
Total Rebounds 66 72
Offensive 18 12
Defensive 42 44
Team 6 16
Assists 22 35
Steals 11 10
Blocks 7 8
Turnovers 16 20
Fouls 30 27
Technicals 0 0
50 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
23 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Rockets 13-7 25383418117133
home team logo Spurs 8-14 27322234119135
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 13-7 120.3 PPG 48 RPG 21.9 APG
home team logo Spurs 8-14 111.7 PPG 46 RPG 24.6 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 38.7 PPG 5.9 RPG 7.5 APG 44.0 FG%
L. Walker IV SG 4.1 PPG 1.3 RPG 0.5 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 50 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
L. Walker IV SG 28 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
37.5 FG% 47.2
29.4 3PT FG% 43.3
94.4 FT% 68.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 50 9 6 11/38 4/20 24/24 4 48 4 0 4 3 6 -3 71
C. Capela 22 21 2 9/9 0/0 4/6 4 45 1 2 1 8 13 +16 49
R. Westbrook 19 10 10 7/30 1/6 4/4 6 48 2 1 5 2 8 -8 47
B. McLemore 11 1 1 4/9 3/8 0/0 1 26 0 1 1 0 1 +18 14
P. Tucker 10 9 2 4/8 2/5 0/0 5 51 3 2 1 2 7 +11 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 50 9 6 11/38 4/20 24/24 4 48 4 0 4 3 6 -3 71
C. Capela 22 21 2 9/9 0/0 4/6 4 45 1 2 1 8 13 +16 49
R. Westbrook 19 10 10 7/30 1/6 4/4 6 48 2 1 5 2 8 -8 47
B. McLemore 11 1 1 4/9 3/8 0/0 1 26 0 1 1 0 1 +18 14
P. Tucker 10 9 2 4/8 2/5 0/0 5 51 3 2 1 2 7 +11 27
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Rivers 19 4 1 6/8 5/6 2/2 3 39 1 1 3 1 3 -13 24
T. Chandler 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 1 1 -10 4
T. Sefolosha 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 -1 2
G. Clark 0 2 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 3 8 0 0 1 1 1 -15 1
C. Clemons 0 0 0 0/6 0/3 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0
E. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hartenstein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 133 60 22 42/112 15/51 34/36 30 285 11 7 16 18 42 -10 239
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Forbes 25 2 4 10/13 5/6 0/3 6 36 0 0 2 0 2 -1 33
D. DeRozan 23 5 9 9/25 0/1 5/6 3 40 0 0 3 1 4 -12 43
R. Gay 14 5 2 4/12 0/2 6/6 0 22 1 1 2 1 4 -19 23
D. White 12 1 3 5/9 1/4 1/1 2 25 0 0 1 1 0 -24 18
J. Poeltl 6 15 5 3/6 0/0 0/1 3 41 1 5 2 5 10 -3 35
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Forbes 25 2 4 10/13 5/6 0/3 6 36 0 0 2 0 2 -1 33
D. DeRozan 23 5 9 9/25 0/1 5/6 3 40 0 0 3 1 4 -12 43
R. Gay 14 5 2 4/12 0/2 6/6 0 22 1 1 2 1 4 -19 23
D. White 12 1 3 5/9 1/4 1/1 2 25 0 0 1 1 0 -24 18
J. Poeltl 6 15 5 3/6 0/0 0/1 3 41 1 5 2 5 10 -3 35
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Walker IV 28 4 0 10/18 4/7 4/6 5 34 3 1 2 0 4 +29 34
P. Mills 9 6 6 2/8 2/7 3/3 1 35 0 0 1 0 6 +11 26
T. Lyles 7 9 3 3/6 1/3 0/0 1 19 2 1 1 2 7 +7 24
D. Murray 7 5 2 3/8 0/0 1/2 4 17 2 0 1 2 3 +17 17
D. Carroll 2 2 0 0/0 0/0 2/4 2 8 1 0 4 0 2 +4 1
D. Eubanks 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 2 +1 5
L. Aldridge - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Belinelli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Weatherspoon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Metu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Samanic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 135 56 35 50/106 13/30 22/32 27 283 10 8 20 12 44 +10 259