Houston Rockets moved closer to their division rivals San Antonio last night with a crucial 97-90 home win against the Spurs.
The hosts were seemingly in a tough position, trailing by seven points at the half, but Dwight Howard inspired a comeback in the second-half.
Howard told NBA.com after the game that he wasn't pleased with his first-half effort, blaming poor execution on trying to hard.
The former Laker told himself to be more aggressive in the second half and try to close down Tim Duncan more.
A strong third quarter saw the Rockets take the lead and they never looked back from there.
"In the first half I was just missing a lot of easy baskets. I was getting where I wanted to on the paint, but I was just trying to force it in, instead of trying to use touch," Howard told NBA.com.
"In the second-half I just wanted to remain aggressive and fight for offensive rebounds. On the defensive side of the ball I wanted to make [Tim] Duncan work for everything."
Howard added that he's sees his side going on to achieve great things this season, and he feels that he's getting to know his team-mates better.
"We are getting better as a team every day. Each game is different, and we're learning how to play with each other."
Houston are now within four games of San Antonio in the race for the NBA's Southwest Division title in the Western Conference.