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Murray reaches career high 33, Spurs survive Rockets 123-120

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) – Dejounte Murray recorded a career-high 33 points and the San Antonio Spurs held on Monday night for a 123-120 victory over the Houston Rockets to get closer to the final spot in the Western Conference.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Spurs, who moved up to 10th place in the West within a half game of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Keldon Johnson had 21 points and Jakob Poeltl added 17 points with 13 rebounds as the Spurs dominated inside, outscoring Houston 72-30. San Antonio has a season-high 82 points in the paint in a January 25 victory over Houston.

Newcomer Jalen Green had 30 points and Kevin Porter jr. added 26 for the Rockets, whose winning streak of two games was broken.

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a 3-printer by Kenyon Martin Jr. got the Rockets within three points with 21.5 seconds left. Murray’s free throw gave San Antonio a 121-117 lead.

Josh Christopher hit a 3 for the Rockets to make it 121-120 with 9.6 seconds left. This time, Murray made both free throws to push the lead to three.

The Rockets had a chance to tie it to the buzzer, but Martin’s 3-pointer rolled in and out of the basket.

San Antonio led by seven points with just over a minute left on two free throws by Murray, who had 11 assists and seven rebounds on his career night.

The Spurs led by 12 to start the fourth quarter and were ahead by the same amount when Houston used a 5-0 run to reduce the lead to 107-100 with about seven minutes left.

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Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV missed a fourth straight game with lower back stiffness. … Josh Richardson had 15 points off the bench. … San Antonio was 7 for 29 on 3 points.

Rockets: Eric Gordon set out to read. … Dennis Schroder was out with a sore left shoulder. … Christian Wood missed the game with stiffness in his left thigh muscle. … Christopher had 20 points off the bench.


Spurs: Host Memphis Wednesday night.

Rockets: Host Sacramento Wednesday night, the first of consecutive home games against the Kings.


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