NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 15th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (30-8) at Houston Rockets (19-17), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets shoot for their first four-game winning streak since posting five consecutive victories in early March last season, when they host the arch-rival San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center.
Houston has won six of its last eight overall, including Thursday night's 94-85 overtime victory over New Jersey at the Toyota Center. Bob Sura poured in a career-high 35 points, Tracy McGrady added 18 and Houston held off New Jersey in overtime for the victory.
McGrady posted his lowest point total since scoring 20 at Milwaukee on Dec. 28. His streak of scoring at least 20 was ended at 14 games.
Sura ended 11-of-16 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for Houston, which has won three straight. Juwan Howard added 12 points, while Yao Ming struggled on the night, finishing with six points on 2-of-9 shooting.
After averaging just 86.9 points over its first 22 games, Houston has scored 104.1 over its last 14 contests. It is also two games above .500 (19-17) for the first time this season.
The Rockets, who have won seven of their last nine at home, are 12-8 in their arena this season.
San Antonio enters with back-to-back wins and 14 in its last 17 contests after posting a 98-95 victory over Dallas on Friday night. Tim Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Spurs past the Mavs.
Manu Ginobili added 22 points for San Antonio, which shot 50 percent for the game. Duncan hit 10-of-17 and Ginobili drained 7-of-12 from the field, as the club has won 11 straight at home to improve to a league-best 19-1. On the other hand, the Spurs are just 11-7 on the road.
Tony Parker had 12 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have won all three meetings this season and four in a row overall against the Mavs. San Antonio outscored Dallas 52-28 in the paint. The Spurs have shot 50 percent (183-for-367) over their last five games.
San Antonio owns a 4-2 record versus the Southwest Division this season, while having a 16-6 mark against the Western Conference.
Houston edged the Spurs, 81-80, at the Toyota Center on December 9, snapping a seven-game losing streak. San Antonio has won 22 of 25 and 23 of the last 27 meetings overall, including five of seven in Houston.
01/15 10:07:45 ET