Kawhi Leonard makes go-ahead triple, game-saving block on James Harden as Spurs stun Rockets
Kawhi Leonard came up clutch for the Spurs to extend their win run to eight. AP

KAWHI Leonard outdueled James Harden in the fourth quarter to lead the San Antonio Spurs comeback win over the Houston Rockets, 112-110, at the AT&T Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

Both Leonard and Harden finished with 39 points, but the Spurs star outscored the Rockets gunner 17-4 in the final period and even had a huge block in the closing seconds to complete the San Antonio comeback from 16 points down.

San Antonio trailed Houston, 39-23, after one quarter and still faced a 13-point deficit midway through the third quarter before the Spurs went on a 17-2 run to take the upper hand near the end of the period.

The Rockets, though, unleashed a 16-5 blitz to start the fourth quarter to regain control, and led 104-98 with less than four minutes remaining. Leonard began to take over with seven straight points to retake the lead. Harden split his charities to put Houston back up 108-107 with 39 seconds left, but Leonard answered with a huge triple and made a big block on the Houston star’s layup in the next play before sealing the win with a pair of free throws.

Tony Parker added 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 markers to push the Spurs win streak to eight and improve to 49-13.

Trevor Ariza had 13 points while Eric Gordon and Clint Capela each had 12 markers for the Rockets (44-20).

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