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Aldridge has 24 points, Spurs beat Rockets 121-103

The Spurs are now 29-6 on the season

(Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – This is what a rivalry is supposed to look like, or is it?  The San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets traded blows, back and forth in the first half. Then like champions do, the Spurs knocked them out in the third winning their 20th straight at home beating Houston 121-103, a season high in points for the Spurs. 

San Antonio now sits at 29-6 on the season.

While it was rainy and cold outside the AT&T Center, Danny Green was smokin’ hot. Green found his 3-point shot Saturday night. That of course, is assuming, it was ever really lost. In the first quarter alone Green hit four 3-pointers in a row in seven minutes.  He finished with six 3-pointers and 18 points.

"Felt pretty good to knock some shots in to see the ball go in for me," Green said.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he never said anything to Green about his shooting, just making the statement that, "you (Green) have to participate in your own recovery." By all accounts is looks like he did and his teammates were happy to see it.

"It is great to see him get his rhythm back, hopefully this helps too, help him to get out of shooting slump," said Manu Ginobili.

"I told him, I said thanks for carrying us by himself early, he got going and that was big for us," said LaMarcus Aldridge.

In the second quarter the Spurs managed to pull out to a lead, thanks to 12 points in the quarter from Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs led by five at the half, 60-55.

In the third quarter the Spurs defense shut down the Rockets, after allowing 55 points in the first half, the silver and black only allowed 17 points in the third.

The Spurs got the lead to 24 points and cruised for the remainder of the game

James Harden was limited to 17 points for the game.

Aldridge led the way for the Spurs with 24 points and nine rebounds, "Doesn't matter about me. It's about the wins," Aldridge said.

Boris Diaw came off the bench and chipped in a healthy 20 points. 

"He's just good -- just plays at a different pace, plays multiple positions for us. He handles the ball he posts up. He is just invaluable to us," Aldridge said, referring to Diaw.

A noticeable number in the final stat sheet: 0 at the end of the line for Tim Duncan. For the first time in his career he didn't score a single point.

"It’s going to happen, it’s rare, with his age you would expect that but not from Timmy. The way he has been playing each year he makes it look easy," Green said.

The Spurs are back on the road for a one game trip to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks Monday night.


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