SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Golden State Warriors with a big win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, 130-99. The Spurs’ 130 points is a 2015-2016 season high.
Thanks to a hot shooting night from the floor, 55 percent overall, the Spurs kept this season’s home winning steak alive, stretching it to 25 in a row to start the 2015-16 season. They are now the fifth team in NBA history to start a season 25-0 at home.
Going back to the last season, the Spurs have now won 34 straight games at home, which is tied for the sixth longest streak in NBA history.
For Spurs fans who have been watching this team over the last decade, the way they played was really no surprise after their loss to the Warriors.
"We were very motivated. Still a little mad at what happened last game," Tony Parker said.
After a dismal game Monday night in Oakland, LaMarcus Aldridge also bounced back with a big game and had a double-double before the third quarter was over.
Aldridge finished the night hitting 9 of 13 shots. He scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and even dished out five assists.
"I wanted to be better than I was last game. I wanted to have a better rhythm and put my stamp on the game, I definitely was trying to be more in tune to the game for sure," Aldridge said.
Aldridge scored only five points, grabbed three rebounds and had three turnovers against the Warriors. After the game, he got rid of some of his social media accounts.
"I wanted to lock in, it's not anything about the game (Golden State),” Aldridge said. “This is a new adventure for me, i’ve never been in this system with this team. I've never been a top two team in the West so I just want to lock in on my season right now, it had nothing to do with that game.”
The entire team was more locked in against Houston. Danny Green and Parker did most of the damage in the first half.
Parker led the way with nine points in the first quarter and finished with 15.
The Spurs scored a season high 35 points in the first quarter and were up six early. "It was great reaction from everybody," Parker said.
Green was ripping up the net from three point range. He was 5 of 7 for 15 points in the first half.
Green finished with six three pointers and tied his season high with 18 points.
He has turned things around since starting off the season struggling from beyond the arc.
"Just stay positive, stay on the path, stay on the course and take the next one as if it is going to go in," Green said.
San Antonio (39-7) took control in the second quarter when Kawhi Leonard and Green hit back-to-back three pointers to get the lead to 16 points with 3:55 to play in the first half. Leonard finished with 18.
The Spurs scored a season high 69 points in the first half, then blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Rockets, 33-24.
"It was important for us to just be ourselves again, playing defense (and) being active," Aldridge said.
The Spurs now travel to Cleveland for a Saturday night primetime showdown. The Spurs-Cavs game will air live on KSAT at 7:30 p.m.
Tim Duncan missed his second game in a row with a sore right knee.
Before the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich confirmed Duncan had an MRI on his knee but would not reveal the results.
"They are rehabbing him and doing what they do,” said Popovich. Popovich did not have a time table for his return.
In the meantime, Kyle Anderson got the start at the center position for San Antonio and finished with seven points.