Harden Scores 28 as Rockets Blow by Spurs 111-98

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) —  James Harden scored 28 points to lead the Houston Rockets over the San Antonio Spurs 111-98 on Wednesday.

Dwight Howard added 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Rockets, (19-11) who moved within 3 1/2 games of the Spurs in the Southwest Division.

All five Houston starters scored in double figures, adding even more proof that the Rockets are capable of contending in the Western Conference.

“I think we can be very good,” forward Chandler Parsons said. “It’s obviously a process, and we’re getting better every single day. But when we defend like that, rebound well and get out in transition, we’re tough to beat.”

Manu Ginobili paced San Antonio (22-7) with 22 points off the bench.

“We just didn’t give very good performances,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “You can live with that from time to time. Nobody’s going to play perfect every night. But you can’t combine poor performances with a lack of physicality and a lack of discipline. They whipped us. They whipped us good. That’s an embarrassing loss.”

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