The San Antonio Spurs (39-7) beat the Houston Rockets (25-23) 130-99 on Wednesday night. Tim Duncan missed the game with soreness in his right knee. The Spurs are 25-0 at home this season.
After taking a 69-49 lead at the half, the Spurs never looked back. San Antonio shot 56 percent from the field and connected on 12-of-23 from 3-point range. The Spurs committed 14 turnovers but they had 34 assists. San Antonio out-rebounded Houston 49-40. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard went for 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
-LaMarcus Aldridge bounces back
When the San Antonio Spurs needed LaMarcus Aldridge to play at his best on Monday night against Golden State he disappointed. Aldridge went for five points and three rebounds in an embarrassing 30 point loss. On Wednesday night, he made up for it by going for 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. San Antonio doesn’t need these performances on a daily basis from Aldridge but when he does deliver they can beat anyone.
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–Danny Green lights out
When you take on the Houston Rockets you know you have to make some outside shots. Danny Green took care of that on Wednesday night as he knocked down 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Green wound up with 18 points, six rebounds, and three steals.
In order to beat the Rockets, you can’t let James Harden do what he wants to do. Harden played well going for 20 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The key was to not let him get too comfortable. Harden committed five turnovers while only dishing out two assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge was the best player on the floor without question. He did many things right and made plays for his teammates as well. With Duncan out his performance was much-needed.
-47 San Antonio Spurs bench points
–Boban Marjanovic had 13 points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes.
-Forced 15 Rockets turnovers leading to 27 points.
–Tony Parker had 15 points and seven assists.