Rockets Vs. Spurs: Houston Defeats San Antonio 105-102, Win Sixth Straight Game

San Antonio will be without Manu Ginobili as Houston looks to continue their win streak and move up the Western Conference standings on Saturday.

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Rockets Vs. Spurs: Houston Avoids Offensive Letdown Late By Attacking Basket

On Thursday night, the Houston Rockets built a big lead only to lose it thanks to a seven point fourth quarter against the New Orleans Hornets. The Rockets eventually prevailed in overtime against the Hornets but found themselves in a similar situation Saturday night against the Spurs.

On Thursday, Houston aimlessly passed the ball around the perimeter and settled for long contested jump shots. In Saturday's game the Rockets attacked the basket particularly in pick and roll situation and the result was a 28 point fourth quarter and a 105-102 win.

"We started attacking a little bit more," coach Kevin McHale said. "Their bigs got out and started trying to play in space. Yesterday in practice I was telling the guard, ‘You have no idea how uncomfortable that big is out there five feet above the 3-point line trying to guard Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic. Attack them, attack them, attack them.' We did a better job turning the corner and attacking them.

"When they play that aggressively - their bigs were coming out and trying to really impact the ball - you got to blow by them. If one guy can't blow by them, by the time you swing it around you get the other guy more space to do it."

Its working for the Rockets who along with the Memphis Grizzlies have a league high six game winning streak.

For more on the Houston Rockets head on over to The Dream Shake. For more NBA Basketball news and analysis be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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NBA Standings 2012: Winning Streak Puts Rockets Back In Southwest Division Contention

A six game winning streak has the Houston Rockets right back in the thick of things in the Western Conference. At 9-7, Houston is currently sitting fourth in the Southwest Division but just a half game out of the lead in the tightly contested race.


Southwest Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Memphis 9 6 .600 0 Won 6
San Antonio 10 7 .588 0 Lost 2
Dallas 10 7 .588 0.5 Won 2
Houston 9 7 .600 0 Won 6
New Orleans 3 13 .187 6.5 Lost 7

(updated 1.22.2012 at 11:24 AM EST)


As far as the conference race goes, is tied with Portland at 9-7 and are currently in ninth place. The Rockets are four games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder who lead the conference with a 13-3 record. Houston is just a half game out of what would be the eighth and final playoff spot trailing fellow Southwest Division teams Dallas and San Antonio.

For more on the Houston Rockets head on over to The Dream Shake. For more NBA Basketball news and analysis be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Rockets Vs. Spurs Final Score: Houston Upsets San Antonio, 105-102

The Houston Rockets 105-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs gave the Rockets their sixth straight win which improved their record to 9-7. This was the Spurs fourth game in five nights so they rested Tim Duncan, and that did certainly did help Houston get the victory.

The Rockets started off hot as the Spurs looked lost during the first quarter and after a Spurs timeout they readjusted their game plan and had all plays run through Tony Parker. Once the Spurs did that they cut into the Rockets lead, but at the end of the first quarter the Rockets led by five points.

After the first quarter the two teams went back-and-forth for the rest of the game and San Antonio had a chance to tie or take the lead when they were down 101-99 with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Rockets nearly lost the ball on the inbounds but Goran Dragic was able to pick up the loose ball and scored a basket to put the Rockets up four and that shot sealed the win for the Rockets.

Kevin Martin led the Rockets on Saturday by scoring 25 points in the win.

The Dream Shake has the latest news and notes on the Rockets, while Pounding The Rock has you covered for all the pre-game angles from San Antonio.

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Rockets Vs. Spurs Halftime Score: Houston Leads San Antonio 55-49

The Houston Rockets are looking to win their sixth straight game and if they do that it will get them back to .500 on the year. The Rockets are on their way to reaching those milestones as they lead the San Antonio Spurs 55-49 at the half.

The Rockets are being led by Kevin Martin who has 11 points and Courtney Lee who has come off the bench to score nine points. The six-point led is due to the Rockets shooting better than the Spurs, in the first half the Rockets are shooting 58 percent compared to the Spurs 47 percent.

The Spurs are being led in scoring by Tony Parker who has 13 points with Tiago Splitter chipping in with 11 points off of the bench.

The Dream Shake has the latest news and notes on the Rockets, while Pounding The Rock has you covered for all the pre-game angles from San Antonio.

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Rockets Vs. Spurs: Game Preview, TV Info And More

San Antonio will be without Manu Ginobili as Houston looks to make it six wins in a row on Saturday.

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