Dwight Howard earned his 31st double-double this season, scoring 23 points and registering 16 rebounds, to help the Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 97-90. Houston (30-17) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Howard went 5-15 from the field and 13-25 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Houston were Terrence Jones with 21 points and 9 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin with 18 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Boris Diaw scored 22 points for San Antonio on 9-20 shooting. He also recorded 11 rebounds. Tim Duncan chipped in 12 points and 14 rebounds.
In a matchup of strength versus strength, the Spurs offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Rockets defense that ranks fifth-best in the NBA at forcing misses (48.1% opponents' eFG%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 46.3% in this game, they rank second in the NBA in that metric at 54.3% this season.
San Antonio (33-12) has now dropped three straight to Houston.
Coming up, the Rockets battle the Dallas Mavericks, who are 26-20 on the season. The Spurs meet the Chicago Bulls, currently sitting at 22-22 this year. The Rockets lost their last two meetings with Dallas.