With the San Antonio Spurs staring at a 19-point deficit in the second half Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, Tim Duncan took over and carried them to victory.
Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed seven boards while Tony Parker added 24 to help the Spurs rally for a 99-91 win over the Rockets for their 11th win at the AT&T Center this season.
The Rockets led by 18 points in the third quarter and looked poised to put the game away before Duncan led the Spurs on an 11-2 run.
The Big Fundamental scored 16 points in the quarter, after which the Spurs trailed only 71-67.
“Tim Duncan, he went to the fountain of youth or something yesterday,” Neal said. “Cause today he looked phenomenal. Tim’s one of our leaders, everybody knows that; we just kind of fed off of him tonight.”
The Spurs took their first lead since the first quarter on Danny Green’s 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the game — a shot that brought his former coach Roy Williams, in attendance to support Green, to his feet.
Both teams traded baskets before the Spurs took the lead for good on Neal’s runner with only two minutes remaining.