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 5-8 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.
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.
23 – Luis 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.
14 – DeJuan 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.
12 – Tim Duncan chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes for the Spurs.
10 – Chuck Hayes and Kevin Martin scored 10 points apiece for the Rockets.
9 – The 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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