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Old 04-08-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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Spurs beat Rockets 110-98 for 9th straight victory

Tony Parker scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Houston Rockets 110-98 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory.

The Spurs moved within a half-game of the Southwest Division lead shared by Houston and Memphis.

San Antonio will face Houston on Friday night in the closing game of a home-and-home set.

Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, Boris Diaw had 15 points and Manu Ginobili 13 for San Antonio. The Spurs led by as many as 22 points after a slow start.

Jason Terry led Houston with 22 points and Trevor Ariza added 19 points. James Harden had 16 points, but only three after the first quarter.

San Antonio closed the first half on a 16-4 run, attacking the paint with Dwight Howard sitting out all but 2 seconds in the final 5 1/2 minutes.

The dominance continued in the second half with Houston scoring just two points over 5 minutes beginning midway through the third quarter. San Antonio built a 79-62 lead as Houston's drought began as Howard exited and ended shortly before he returned to the court.

Harden dominated early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter on 3-for-5 shooting and making all six of his free throws.


Rockets: Houston F Donatas Motiejunas (lower back pain) and Kostas Papanikolaou (sprained right ankle) did not play. Papanikolaou was listed as questionable entering the contest.

Spurs: San Antonio C Tiago Splitter (tightness right calf) missed his third straight game. G Marco Belinelli (tightness, left groin) was a late scratch. ... Rookie F Kyle Anderson was recalled from San Antonio's Development League team in Austin.


Rockets: Host San Antonio on Friday night.

Spurs: Visit Houston on Friday night.

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