Sparks flew when the San Antonio Spurs took on the Houston Rockets in Houston, with threes falling from every which way and points coming in bunches in the Spurs' 134-126 overtime win Monday night.
The three-point shooting was the story for both teams. The Spurs drained 14 threes on a 46.7 percent average, with the Rockets hitting 16-of-30, a 53.3 percent average.
Defense reigned supreme in the final minutes of the game though. With the score in the Spurs' favor at 120-118 with 1:42 left, the only score was an Omer Asik bucket that sent the game to overtime.
Eventually, the defensive pressure waned as the Spurs were able to rack up 14 points in overtime to escape Houston with the victory.
With threes falling from all sides, the point guards were the stars of this game. Jeremy Lin was tremendous, going for 36 points and seven assists in the losing effort. For the Spurs, Tony Parker was tremendous, posting a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
This was a fantastic, entertaining game that had plenty of analysts pining for more:
I may have to TiVo the late-night replay of this ridiculous Spurs-Rockets game & give it KUID status.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) December 11, 2012
Spurs-Rox was a boring blowout on Friday, ridiculously fun right now.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 11, 2012
Spurs Rockets....instant classic!!!— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerrTNT) December 11, 2012
Many commented on the high-octane offense featured in this game, courtesy of the constant barrage of threes:
This Rockets-Spurs game is Arena Football Basketball
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) December 11, 2012
The lasting question of this game will be whether Jeremy Lin can maintain this level of play when James Harden is back in the lineup:
Just remembered the last section in here from last week bit.ly/UQQopr Lin/Harden each need more mins w/o the other on the court.— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) December 11, 2012
"The Rockets are better without Harden!!" - if the Rockets played in NYC #Linsanity
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 11, 2012
Tony Parker: A
Tony Parker was an impact player in every phase of the game Monday night. His 27 points came on a solid 50 percent shooting, and his impact as a distributor was felt all night, collecting 12 assists in total.
Perhaps most impressive was Parker's rebounding, which was at its best in the game's most crucial moments. Parker racked up three of his 12 rebounds in overtime, helping the Spurs break open the game late.
That was the first triple-double of Parker's career, and he deserved the well-earned win in this game.
Jeremy Lin: A-
As a scorer, Jeremy Lin was amazing. His 11-of-21 shooting went for a stellar 38 points, and his seven assists weren't too shabby either. Shooting 80 percent from three-point range certainly helped Lin's efficiency on this night.
Unfortunately, his team was unable to prevail and Lin continues to struggle on defense, which is the only reason he doesn't get an A for his great effort versus the Spurs.
Tim Duncan: B
There's no doubt that Tim Duncan struggled on offense, going a paltry 1-of-9 from the field. He still accumulated a double-double, though, thanks to his perfect free-throw shooting (8-of-8) and rebounding.
Duncan deserves a great deal of credit for finding ways to contribute when struggling from the field. His 13 rebounds led all players and helped the Spurs gain a crucial nine-rebound advantage over the Rockets, a number that certainly played a big role in the final outcome of the contest.
The Spurs will travel to Utah to take on the Jazz on Wednesday, while the Rockets will play host to the Washington Wizards Wednesday night.