SAN ANTONIO – At the end of the third quarter Dewayne Dedmon stood toe to toe with James Harden, they jawed at each other back and forth until Nene stepped in and hit Dedmon in the neck and face area with and open hand.
Nene was ejected. That was the most fight the Spurs showed all night in game one of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston losing to the Rockets 126-99.
"Just talking crazy talking crazy, I am standing up for my teammates," said James Harden. Nene had no comment after the game.
San Antonio and Dedmon couldn't even handle that bit of fire, Dedmon ended up burning himself.
He kept jawing throughout the fourth quarter and while he was getting ready to shoot free throws, he was going back and forth with Patrick Beverly and then he got tossed.
The Rockets exploded from the opening tip and embarrassed San Antonio, taking Game One. It was one of the worst playoff losses in Spurs franchise history.
"We lost, and they won, and they played better," is how Gregg Popovich summed it up.
This one seemed doomed from the start. Gregg Popovich called a time out just a minute and 20 seconds into the game to chew out David Lee with the Rockets up 5-2. James Harden had just hit a three pointer.