The San Antonio Spurs (14-2) host their Texas rival, Houston Rockets (12-5), tonight at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs are coming off a 109-91 win over Orlando. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Marco Belinelli chipped in with 19 points as well in the win.
The Rockets are coming off a 114-95 win over the Nets. Chandler Parsons paced Houston with 21 points in the win.
And as the Spurs look to flex their home dominance versus the Rockets, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:
• The Spurs are 7-0 home, where they have also won seven straight against the Rockets.no comments
There was a time when everything the San Antonio Spurs did was based on the nightly contributions of Tim Duncan, and a brief moment when those entire foundations nearly came crumbling down on a free agent trip to Orlando.
A decade has passed since Duncan rejected a compelling free agency pitch from Orlando, and though Duncan remains a significant fixture in the Spurs success, he's no longer the end all be all. On any given night, however, Duncan can summon a reasonable facsimile of his former self and show just enough for Orlando Magic fans to imagine what might have been.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (13-2) will look to shake off a loss to the Thunder which ended their 11-game winning streak as they visit the Orlando Magic (6-9).
The Spurs are coming off an 88-94 loss to the Thunder. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Tim Duncan added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Magic are coming off a 105-94 win over the 76ers. Nikola Vučević led Orlando and recorded 21 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.
And as the Spurs look to begin another winning streak, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
San Antonio Spurs big man Tiago Splitter was recently named Brazil's best basketball player for 2013 by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation, according to the Tiago Splitter Brasil website.
Splitter will be honored in a ceremony on December 13.
"I feel very happy to receive this award is to recognize me because of my work.I had to sweat a lot, but it sure was worth the effort. It also serves as a personal incentive to keep improving and reaching new achievements, "said Splitter, elected by a panel of journalists, leaders, former athletes and sports personalities.
Splitter is currently averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Spurs. Last week, Splitter had a season high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and one block in a win against the Memphis Grizzlies.
At halftime in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs found themselves with a slim 46-43 lead. Then, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker were leading the silver and black with a combined 23 points while Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were a combined 6-of-24 shooting for 15 points.
And then this happened in the next 12 minutes.
15 points, 5-of-20 made baskets (25%), 1 assist, and 3 turnovers.no comments
We are unveiling a new pregame series at Project Spurs, where Quixem Ramirez dives into the Spurs' opposing team's SportVU data, mostly because he has no life. SportVU, powered by cameral technology in all 29 NBA arenas, tracks miles per hour, distance traveled, touches, where they touched the ball, how long they touch the ball, and lots of other basketball minutiae.
Today's team: the Oklahoma City Thunder. DISCLAIMER: If you do not like numbers, do not read ahead.
Something, something, Kevin Durant is good at basketball.
2012-13: 38.5 minutes, 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 51 percent shooting, 28.3 PER 2013-14: 38.5 minutes, 28.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 45.5 percent shooting, 27.2 PER
I'll keep this short. Durant is very good at basketball, and he's getting to the line 12.5 times per game. Just absurd. Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Shaquille O'Neal are the only players who have averaged more than 12.5 free throw attempts in one season.no comments