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Spurs down Rockets, stay unbeaten at home

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Green broke out of a shooting slump with six three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs rolled past the Houston Rockets, 121-103, to stay unbeaten at home in the NBA on Saturday.

The Spurs (29-6) avenged one of their rare losses, a Christmas Day defeat in Houston, with the dominating win over their Texas rival, turning a close game in the third quarter into a rout with a 26-5 run.

Forward Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and played lockdown defense on Houston guard James Harden, holding one of the NBA’s top scorers to one point in the second half.

Forward Tim Duncan was held scoreless in almost 14 minutes, the first time in his 1,598-game regular-season and playoff career that he failed to score.

The victory was the 20th straight at home this season for San Antonio, allowing the Spurs to expand their best home start ever and extend their win streak in AT&T Center to 29 games dating to the final nine home games of 2014-15.

San Antonio is just the third Western Conference team in history to open a season 20-0 at home, joining Portland (which won its first 26 games in 1977-78) and Houston (20 in 1985-86).

Elsewhere, Brooklyn edged Boston, 100-97; Sacramento thumped Phoenix, 142-119; Oklahoma trounced Charlotte, 109-90; Indiana crushed Detroit, 94-82; Cleveland demolished Orlando, 104-79; Milwaukee ripped Minnesota, 95-85; New Orleans clipped Dallas, 105-98; Utah held off Memphis, 92-87; the Los Angeles Clippers clobbered the Philadelphia 76ers, 130-99; and the Golden State Warriors picked up its 31st win against two defeats with a scrambling 111-108 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Back in San Antonio, reserve forward Boris Diaw added 20 points for the Spurs and reserve forward David West scored 10 points for San Antonio, which hit a season-high 13 three-pointers.

Houston (16-19), who lost for the fourth consecutive time, were led by Dwight Howard with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Harden had 17 points, 16 of which came in the first half, and reserve forward Corey Brewer added 11 points and forward Trevor Ariza and guard Patrick Beverley had 10 apiece.

Green scored 12 of the Spurs’ first 14 points – and assisted on the other basket – as San Antonio responded to Houston’s early flurry and tied the score 14-14.    

BORIS DIAW

CHRISTMAS DAY

COREY BREWER

DANNY GREEN

DAVID WEST

DENVER NUGGETS

DWIGHT HOWARD

FORWARD KAWHI LEONARD

FORWARD TIM DUNCAN

POINTS

SAN ANTONIO

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