Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Rockets

The San Antonio Spurs (40-7) made sure they got the win before going on the long Rodeo Road Trip against the Houston Rockets. They went statofgame105-8 from behind the arc in the fourth period, including two tightly contested 3-pointers by Manu Ginobili to pull away and beat the Houston Rockets 108-95.

Now, it’s time to look at the numbers in this Spurs’ recent win.

88.9 – The Spurs went to the foul line a lot and took advantage of it. They went 24-27 (88.9%) of their free throw attempts. The Rockets, on the other hand, made just 10-16 (62.5%) foul shots.

51.4 – San Antonio shot well from the floor making 38-74 (51.4%) of their field goals. The Rockets connected on 40-86 (46.5%) field goal attempts.

40 – The Spurs reached 40 wins in just 47 games, tying the record for the sixth fewest games needed to reach 40 wins in NBA history. Of the previous seven teams to reach 40 wins in 47 games or fewer, six went on to win the NBA title. The last time the Spurs were the first NBA team to reach 40 wins was in the 2004-05 season, when they went on to win their third NBA title. 

39 – The Rockets won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Spurs 39-32.

25 – The Spurs shot 8-16 (50.0%) from behind the arc while holding the Rockets to just 5-20 (25.0%) from the 3-point area.

24 – San Antonio’s running game was effective, outscoring the Rockets 24-13 on fast break points.

23Luis Scola had a game-high 23 points for Houston and added 10 rebounds and three steals.

22 - Ginobili led the Spurs with 22 points, four assists and two steals. Both teams were even in the assists department, finishing 22 dimes a piece

18 – Richard Jefferson played his best offensive game in the last 12 games scoring 18 points on 7-8 field goal shooting. The Spurs won their 18th straight home game, extending the longest home winning streak in the NBA this season.

17 – Tony Parker added 17 points and five assists for the Spurs.

14DeJuan Blair had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. George Hill scored 14 points and had five assists off the Spurs’ bench.

12Tim Duncan chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes for the Spurs.

10Chuck Hayes and Kevin Martin scored 10 points apiece for the Rockets.

9The Spurs will play nine straight games away from home for this year’s annual Rodeo Road Trip.

3 – The Spurs had six blocks shots for the game, three coming from Blair. The Rockets had three blocks as a team.

0 – Hill and Tiago Splitter did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.

Rookie Watch:  Splitter had three points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Gary Neal had two points, one assist and a steal in 21 minutes of action. James Anderson scored two points and one rebound in only three minutes of playing time. This was his first game with the Spurs after recovering from a stress fracture injury and being recalled from a short stint with the Austin Toros.

What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden on Tuesday to start their annual Rodeo Road Trip.

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Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Rockets

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The San Antonio Spurs needed to work overtime to put away a scrappy Houston Rockets team that played without Yao Ming.

The Rockets (0-5) decided to rest Ming against the Spurs to preserve him for their next game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Spurs (4-1) caught a break when Houston lost starters Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin to left ankle sprains.

Still, it was a win in the end, with that let’s check out the numbers that stood out in this game.

85.7 – The Rockets took care of their free throws, making 18-21 (85.7%) shots for the game. The Spurs did not fare very well from the foul line, converting just 17-25 (68.0%) of their free throws.

50 – Even without Yao Ming the Rockets managed to dominate inside the paint outscoring the Spurs 50-42, with 20 points coming from Luis Scola.

45 – The Rockets hit their outside shots, connecting on 9-20 (45%) from behind the arc. The Spurs weren’t that bad from the three-point line either, making 9-21 (42.9%) of their 3-point attempts, including 4-5 from Richard Jefferson.

38 – For the second straight game the Spurs’ reserves were owned by their counterparts. The Rockets’ bench outscored the Spurs’ second unit 38-28.

28 – Manu Ginobili had a game-high 28 points, including a jumper that forced the game into overtime. The Spurs also continued to share the ball well and finished with 28 assists, fourteen coming from Tony Parker.

27 – The Spurs’ running game seemed to be effective, they had 27 fast break points against the Rockets’ 18.

24 – Martin led the Rockets with 24 points despite playing only 23 minutes.

22 – Richard Jefferson continues to be efficient and productive, he added 22 points and 3 rebounds from the Spurs while shooting 8-13 (61.5%) from the field and 4-5 (80%) from behind the arc.

11 – After committing 23 turnovers against the Phoenix Suns, the Spurs took care of the ball this time and only had 11 turnovers for the entire game.  They also had 11 steals, including five from Tony Parker. The Rockets only have five steals as a team.

10 – George Hill came back to the Spurs’ lineup and scored 10 points, added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of action.

7 – Tony Parker had a great all-around game, he had 21 points, 14 assists and five steals against the Rockets. More importantly, he scored 7 of the Spurs’ 11 in overtime.

0 – Tim Duncan did not commit a single turnover in 38 minutes of action, he had 19 points, 11 boards, 3 assists, three blocks and a steal for the night. Chase Budinger went 0-5 from the field against the Spurs and the Rockets remain winless after five games.

Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had five points off the bench but only shot 2-9 from the field. Tiago Splitter had two points and two rebounds in 11 minutes of action. Rookie James Anderson did not play against the Rockets as he returned to his hometown of Junction City, Arkansas to be with his fiancee during the birth of their daughter.

What’s Next? The Spurs will hit the road once again when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday.

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