Jeremy Lin’s Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
Jeremy Lin (left) and the Houston Rockets face the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. (Photo: REUTERS)
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The Rockets climbed over .500 on Tuesday with a two-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles led by 13 points with 9:38 left to play, but Houston chipped away before taking the lead on a three-point shot from point guard Toney Douglas with 2:38 left. Three Dwight Howard free throws then put the Lakers back in front, but Houston went ahead for good on a Greg Smith layup and two free throws from James Harden.
However, Harden in general struggled for much of this contest. The guard shot just 3-of-19 from the floor, though he did finish with 15 points. Lin, too, performed below expectations against his potential future team. The guard hit just 25 percent of his shots and scored only four points.
Instead, it was reserves like Douglas and Smith who helped carry the team to victory. Douglas led the team with 22 points, while Smith was right behind him with a career-high 21.
However, the Rockets still need to figure out how to take their successful act on the road. Houston's win over Los Angeles was its sixth-straight victory at the Toyota Center, and for the season the Rockets are 7-3 on their home court. But, Houston is just 2-5 on the road this year, including five straight losses. The Rockets have not won on the road since November 2 and have not beaten a Western Conference foe away from Houston all season.
Jeremy Lin and the Rockets will face a tough task on Friday against a Spurs team that sits at 15-4 on the season. San Antonio had won five straight games before a loss to the Miami Heat last week, though the Spurs sat many of their key players in that contest.
On Wednesday, San Antonio bounced back from that defeat with a 110-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. San Antonio racked up a season high 53 rebounds in that contest, with nearly half of those boards coming from the bench. Indeed, the Spurs bench is fifth in the NBA in scoring this year, led by 11.7 points per game from guard Manu Ginobili.
Of course, the Spurs starters are solid as well, led by future Hall-of-Fame forward Tim Duncan. Duncan leads the team in double-doubles this season and has scored at least 10 points in every game this year. In fact, he has scored 20 or more in nine of his team's 19 contests. Guard Tony Parker, meanwhile, is currently one of just six players in league history averaging 15 points, five assists, and 49 percent shooting for his career. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Walt Frazier are also on that list.
San Antonio leads the all-time series between these two clubs, 94-75. Last year, the two teams split the season series, with each squad going undefeated on its home court.