SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Houston Rockets 96-89 on Saturday night.
DeMar DeRozan had a season-low 13 points, but added 11 rebounds in 39 minutes as San Antonio snapped a two-game skid.
The Rockets were without Carmelo Anthony, who missed the game due to “illness” while he discusses his role going forward with the team.
San Antonio closed the game on an 8-2 run in the final four minutes to pull away for the win.
Derrick White tied a career high with 14 points and set a career high with eight assists for the Spurs.
San Antonio overcame 15 turnovers, including eight in the second quarter.
There were 14 lead changes and nine ties in a battle between the intrastate rivals.
Houston opened the game 1 for 7 from the field, falling behind 12-4 in the opening 4 minutes, but Gordon scored 13 points to rally the Rockets, including a driving dunk over Davis Bertans.