Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs closed the preseason (3-2) with a resounding victory against the Houston Rockets by 98 to 126.
The veteran coach brought out his gala quintet in order to prepare for the first game of the regular season, which will be next October 21 against the Orlando Magic. its backcourt The starter shone with 40 points between Derrick White and DeJounte Murray, including a 16/27 shooting from the field and a 6/11 on 3-pointers.
In addition, shooter Doug McDermott had 16 points and 4 assists; and Keldon Johnson finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
The starters had more minutes than usual due to the numerous casualties they hoard, including Zach Collins, Al-Farouq-Aminu, Tre Jones and new signing Jock Landale. Also, veteran Thaddeus Young did not play at rest.
In the young Rockets, who have barely won a game this preseason (1-3), Christian Wood imposed his law under the boards with 19 points and 19 rebounds; followed by the rookie Alperen Sengun, who amassed another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Regarding the number 2 of the 2020 Draft, Jalen Green, reaped 16 points, although with a 4/12 at launch. In the same situation was Kevin Porter Jr., with 16 other goals to his credit, but with a weak 6/20 attempts.
For his part, the Spanish international Usman Garuba barely enjoyed 5 minutes on the floor where he captured 4 rebounds.
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