The Spurs finally put up a little fight.
The Rockets handled it with excessive force and clever baiting.
Dewayne Dedmon started agitating Houston as soon as he entered the game in the third quarter, and he and James Harden got into each other’s faces to close the period. Nene intervened by grabbing Dedmon’s neck.
Nene got ejected with a flagrant 2, and Dedmon and Harden received technical fouls.
In the fourth quarter, Patrick Beverley and Dedmon mouthed off to each other while Dedmon prepared to shoot free throws. Dedmon received a second technical, which triggered an automatic ejection.