Notebook: Spurs 114, Rockets 92



Posted Dec 7, 2012 11:45 PM

By Andrew McNeill, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: The San Antonio Spurs never trailed in their 114-92 win over the Houston Rockets, going up by as many as 33 points in the win. San Antonio shot 55.2 percent from the field to the Rockets' 38.9 percent.

Tony Parker was the leading scorer for the Spurs with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Tiago Splitter added 15 points.

James Harden led Houston with 29 points.

QUOTABLE: "All around, we are getting 10, 11 or 12 guys out there who are really focused on what they're doing on the court. They're making the most of their minutes."

-- Spurs forward Tim Duncan

THE STAT: The Spurs dominated the Rockets in the paint 60-38.

TURNING POINT: San Antonio went on 15-0 run in the third quarter to stretch an eight-point lead to 21.

QUOTABLE II: "I think we missed a lot of shots that we normally make, to be honest. I think they did a good job of taking away our first option."

-- Rockets guard Jeremy Lin

HOT: The Spurs' rebounding. For the second game in a row, San Antonio had a decided advantage on the boards, outrebounding Houston 50-37.

NOT: Second-chance points. Houston and San Antonio combined for 16 offensive rebounds, but only five second-chance points were scored in San Antonio's win. The Spurs had the advantage, 3-2.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: To go along with Harden's 29 points, he also had three 3-pointers, five assists, three rebounds and four steals for Houston. Duncan had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with two blocks for the Spurs. Parker combined his 17 points with seven assists on the stat sheet.

ROOKIE WATCH: Nando De Colo had seven points, five assists and four rebounds in almost 21 minutes for the Spurs. Terrence Jones had nine points and three rebounds in 7:31 for the Rockets. Donatas Mantiejunas didn't score in 1:26 for Houston.

NOTABLE: The Spurs tied their season high for assists in a game, with 33 on the team's 48 made field goals. Chandler Parsons did not hit at least one 3-pointer for the first time in 23 games for Houston.

UP NEXT: For the Rockets, Saturday vs. Dallas, Monday vs. San Antonio, Wednesday vs. Washington. For the Spurs, Saturday @ Charlotte, Monday @ Houston, Wednesday @ Utah.