The San Antonio Spurs dropped their second game of the season, losing 98-81 to the unbeaten Houston Rockets. The Spurs were without five players, including Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, making for an unsurprising final result.
San Antonio fans knew the game would be a struggle without two of their future Hall-of-Famers and that thought was confirmed by the Spurs early struggles in the game.
The Spurs started off very slow in the game, finally entering the scoring column about halfway through the first quarter.
Although San Antonio only trailed Houston by three at the end of the first, it was noticeable that Spurs were going to be in trouble all night with the Rockets.
The Rockets took it to the Spurs the rest of the way, creating as much as a 31 point gap between the two teams.
The game seemed like a dunk contest for Houston, especially so for Dwight Howard who led the Rockets in points and rebounds, 32 and 16 in each of those categories respectively.
Houston also received a nice boost from his partner in crime, James Harden. The shooting guard put up a 20-6-6 final line which included an impressive dunk over the Spurs’ Aron Baynes.
On the other side, San Antonio was led by Cory Joseph off the bench. Joseph finished the game with a great 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Aron Baynes also played well for the Spurs, picking up 12 points and 12 rebounds in the start for the injured Tiago Splitter.
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The Spurs struggles from the field was what really dug the hole. San Antonio finished the game a poor 34.4% from the field and an even worse 10% from three.
San Antonio’s loss moved their record to 2-2 while the win pushed undefeated Houston to 6-0, the best start for the franchise since the 1996-1997 season.
The Spurs will have to regroup quickly as their next game is on Saturday against Anthony Davis the New Orleans Pelicans in San Antonio. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on NBA TV and broadcast on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.
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