Spurs open 2016 with rout of Rockets at home


The San Antonio Spurs ended 2015 by staying perfect at the friendly confines. The Silver and Black would open up the new year the same way they ended it: with another home win.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 24 points and nine rebounds as he led the Spurs to a 121-103 win over the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center to open the 2016 portion of the schedule.

“LaMarcus is more and more comfortable every day,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said. “These are new players for him, new offense, new defense – everything is different. It’s difficult to do in your first year. A lot of guys take a whole year to get used to that. I think he’s been remarkable in catching on this quickly. He’s becoming more demonstrative and going to get the basketball and not waiting for a call or anything like that.”

Kawhi Leonard added 22 points, while Boris Diaw chipped in a season-high 20 points. Danny Green had 15 points for San Antonio, who improved to a perfect 20-0 at home on the season.

San Antonio outscored Houston 36-17 in the third quarter and led by as many as 24.

The Silver and Black won on a night where Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored two points combined. Duncan returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games.

Houston was led by Dwight Howard’s 22 points. James Harden added 17 on 6-of-10 shooting for the Rockets (16-19), who have not won since defeating San Antonio on Christmas Day.

After Houston opened the game with a 10-3 lead, San Antonio busted out a run to take a two point lead into the second quarter and a five point advantage into halftime.

The Spurs are now 29-6 on the season and will return to the court on Monday night to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. inside the Bradley Center.

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