Rockets competition by shorthanded Spurs to sojourn unbeaten

HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as a Houston Rockets continued their dream start, violence a in-state opposition San Antonio Spurs 98-81 on Thursday night.

BOX SCORE: Rockets 98, Spurs 81

Howard exploited a Spurs interior that was blank dual pivotal players, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. Manu Ginobili also was hold out of a diversion for rest a night after assisting San Antonio to a 94-92 win over a Atlanta Hawks.

Howard and Houston took advantage, heading a diversion wire-to-wire on a approach to a league-best 6-0 record. With a loss, a Spurs dump to 2-2.

James Harden had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for a Rockets.

Cory Joseph led a Spurs with 18 points off a dais and Aron Baynes had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

With no Duncan or Splitter, who was nursing narrowing in his right calf, Houston had a motionless advantage down low and exploited it from a beginning, feeding Howard during each turn. Whether in a post, during a elbow, or on alley-oops passes, Howard was a aim and had a double-double — 20 points and 12 rebounds — by halftime as he exploited a exposed Spurs interior invulnerability where Matt Bonner, Jeff Ayers and Aron Baynes struggled to keep up.

As a Spurs struggled to keep Howard from gutting them in a middle, they had small coherence when they had a ball. The Spurs started a diversion sluggish, going a initial 6 mins but a score.

While San Antonio rebounded and pulled to within 18-15 during a finish of a initial quarter, that was as tighten as a Spurs would get. San Antonio shot only 34.4% from a margin and trailed by as many as 31.

TIP-INS: Spurs — Marco Belinelli was an damage blemish due to a stretched right groin and was transposed by Bonner. … San Antonio started 0-for-15 on 3-pointers, creation their initial with 7:02 to go in a third quarter, and finished 2-for-20 from over a arc.

Rockets — Terrence Jones missed his second true diversion with a leg contusion. … Patrick Beverley missed a diversion due to a stretched hamstring and was transposed by Isaiah Canaan, who scored 12 points along with Jason Terry’s 16 points. … Houston has now won 6 games over a Spurs dating to final season.

UP NEXT: Spurs horde New Orleans on Saturday. Rockets horde Golden State on Saturday.

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