Rockets stage a comeback to defeat Spurs despite Wembanyama's absence

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Rockets stage a comeback to defeat Spurs despite Wembanyama’s absence

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The San Antonio Spurs made the decision to bench top overall pick Victor Wembanyama in a 99-89 defeat against the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Despite this, the Rockets’ two first-round selections, Amen Thompson (4th overall) and Cam Whitmore (20th overall), shone brightly, each contributing 15 points to secure the Rockets’ unbeaten record (3-0).

San Antonio initially held a commanding 79-65 lead, boosted by Doug McDermott’s 3-pointer with 11:06 remaining. However, the Rockets mounted a thrilling comeback, snatching an 88-87 lead following Darius Days’ successful free throws

at the 4:24 mark. Whitmore’s remarkable performance in the final period, with 11 points, proved crucial in securing the Rockets’ victory.

In another game, the Philadelphia 76ers clinched their first preseason win, a 127-119 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the charge with 21 points, ably supported by Tobias Harris and Paul Reed, who contributed 18 points each.

The Indiana Pacers also secured their first victory, overcoming the Atlanta Hawks 116-112, with Tyrese Haliburton and Aaron Nesmith leading the charge with 15 points apiece.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated in a 120-89 victory over Ra’Anana, with rookie Emoni Bates showcasing a strong performance off the bench, netting 16 points for the team.

Notably, Maccabi, a team from the Israeli National League, faced the Cleveland Cavaliers, having previously played against the Brooklyn Nets and with plans to compete against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Former NBA players including Dwayne

Bacon, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Bruno Caboclo, Mamadi Diakite, and Sindarius Thornwell were part of the Ra’Anana squad, with Diakite leading the charge with 17 points in 21 minutes.

Source: AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA

The Associated Press

Refwrence:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/rockets-rally-top-spurs-sat-030202069.html

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