October 15, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal (14) passes the ball during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Video: Spurs vs. Rockets Highlights

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Though the San Antonio Spurs lead nearly the entire game, it wasn’t always pretty.

The Rockets and Spurs, collectively, shot 30.6% from the field in the first quarter. Both teams turned the ball over 10 times in the frame, alone.

San Antonio, with guard Danny Green nailing three of four shots in the ensuing frame, improved their efficiency significantly — shooting 57.9% in the second quarter. The lead stretched to eight points at the half.

The third quarter took on the same tenor with the Spurs stretching the lead further.

Wesley Witherspoon, fresh off his first career start, Nando De Colo, DeJuan Blair and Eddy Curry finished off the Rockets in the final quarter, giving them their first preseason loss, 116-107.

Witherspoon finished with a game-high 17 points in addition to four rebounds and two 3-pointers. For the 22-year-old undrafted free agent out of the University of Memphis, playing with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan was a blessing.

“I grew up watching those guys, watched them win championships,” Witherspoon said. “To be on the same team as them is a blessing.”

Hat-tip to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

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