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The San Antonio Spurs (22-8) will host the Houston Rockets (16-12) tonight at the AT&T Center in a Southwest Division showdown.
Tonight's game will mark the third time these two teams will meet. In their first two meetings the Spurs have bested the Rockets. In their first meeting, the Spurs won a wire-to-wire contest (114-92) over the Rockets at San Antonio (12/7/12). In their second meeting, the Rockets were defeated 134-126 in overtime (12/10/12), with the Spurs snapping Houston’s three-game home winning streak in the series.
The Spurs are coming off a 100-80 home win over the Raptors. The Spurs were paced by Tim Duncan's 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 block shots.
The Rockets are coming off a 87-84 win over the Timberwolves. The Rockets rallied from 14-points down in the third quarter to take the win at Minnesota. With the win, Houston has now won five games straight.
And as the Spurs put their 7-game home winning streak on the line versus the Rockets who also have their 5-game winning streak on the line tonight, here are five things to watch for during the game:
• Houston and San Antonio rank first and second in points per game at 105.3 and 104.9, respectively.
The Spurs are giving up 88.3 points over their last three games.
• Houston's Jeremy Lin, who stands 10th in the NBA in steals per game (1.75) through Dec. 26, has recorded seven games this season with at least three steals.
• Houston is 7-0 when they shoot 50% or better this season.
• San Antonio ranks first in assists averaging 25.8 and is the highest for the Silver and Black since the 1995-96 Spurs team, which averaged 24.9 assists.
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The San Antonio Spurs couldn't keep the Houston Rockets from giving them a tough game, even while scoring 41 points in the first quarter. Tim Duncan's (quiet) mission wasn't as difficult.
Tim Duncan made history in the first quarter by blocking Omer Asik and moving up the ladder in the NBA all-time blocks list by passing Tree Rollins. Duncan is now eighth all-time...
The matchup of the game for Friday night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets is Tony Parker vs Jeremy Lin.
With James Harden out last game between the two clubs, Lin had a ridiculous game against the Spurs that saw him score 38 points and dish out 7 assists. The Spurs got the win though behind Parker's triple double of 27 points, 12 assists, and 12...
The Houston Rockets' high-powered offense is firing on all cylinders of late, and they've compiled an impressive winning streak as a result.
The Rockets will have to contend with another of the league's top scoring teams Friday night as they travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs, who have taken the first two meetings this season.
Houston and San Antonio rank first...
SAN ANTONIO -- For most of the night, the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets kept up a frenetic pace at the AT&T Center -- a pace from those by-gone ABA days that kept the fans cheering but the coaches grumbling. But the Spurs were able to use a couple of key runs and were able to hold off the Rockets 122-116 Friday night. One of those runs, 18-7 to open the fourth quarter...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Houston Rockets' five-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory on Friday night.
Parker had 31 points and 10 assists, Duncan had 30 points and five rebounds, and Ginobili had a season-high 23 points for San Antonio (23-8). Danny Green was 5 for 7...
No Melo? No problem. Well, sort of. The Knicks appeared to have things under control in Phoenix, where they led by double digits after a 27-15 second quarter. That was before Jared Dudley started to sizzle from beyond the arc, though. In a third quarter that the Knicks lost 32-22, Dudley knocked down three of his five triples. The game remained tight down the stretch, and...
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and the San Antonio Spurs ended the Houston Rockets' five-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory on Friday night.
Parker had 31 points and 10 assists, Duncan had 30 points and five rebounds and Ginobili had a season-high 23 points for San Antonio (23-8). Danny Green was 5-for-7 on 3-pointers and finished...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 100-80 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, snapping the Raptors' five-game winning streak.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points, Tony Parker 13, and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson each had 10 for San Antonio (22-8), which has won three straight. Kawhi Leonard had nine points and 10 rebounds...
The San Antonio Spurs (23-8) outlasted the Houston Rockets (16-13) tonight at the AT&T Center snapping the Rockets' 5-game winning streak 122-116. The Spurs were led by the duo of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan with the two scoring 31 and 30 points respectively. Houston was led by James Harden who finished with 33 points and 7 assists.
For a first half recap, click here...
Tim Duncan scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 100-80 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, snapping the Raptors' five-game winning streak.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points, Tony Parker 13, and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson each had 10 for San Antonio (22-8), which has won three straight. Kawhi Leonard had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Alan Anderson and...
The matchup of the night for the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks game on the Mavs' homecourt is between Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.
This will be Dirk's 4th game back and he hasn't shot well, only hitting 32% of his shots so far (he went 3-4 in his first game back against San Antonio). He'll still be looking to find his conditioning on the court, but he...
During the San Antonio Spurs contest with the Houston Rockets last night, Stephen Jackson found Tim Duncan in the paint for an easy dunk.
In the second quarter, Tony Parker lost control of the ball but Jackson was on the spot to steal the ball from Houston's Cole Aldridge and make a behind-the-back pass to Duncan for two of his 30 points with a dunk on Aldridge.
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The San Antonio Spurs (22-8) held off the Toronto Raptors (9-20) tonight winning 100-80 at the AT&T Center. With the win, the Spurs ended Toronto's 5-game winning streak and snapped their 7-game streak of holding opponents under 100 points.
The Spurs were paced by Tim Duncan's 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 block shots. The Raptors were led by Amir Johnson's 12...
The San Antonio Spurs (22-8) and Houston Rockets (16-12) got things underway in San Antonio in a Texas sized showdown and it was a tale of two quarters.
Here is the first half recap.
Stat Leader: Danny Green with 14 points, and 2 rebounds.
Recap: The Spurs hot shooting from the three-point line continued as the team rained down threes in the quarter...
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