Thursday , Nov , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs welcome Rockets to SBC Center

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs try to continue their home mastery of
the Houston Rockets this evening when they continue their three-game homestand
at the SBC Center.

San Antonio has won the last 15 meetings at home in this series. The Rockets,
who last won in San Antonio back on March 11, 1997, have also dropped nine of
11 and 13 of the last 16 overall in this matchup.

The Spurs come into tonight’s tilt on a winning note after Manu Ginobili
poured in a game-high 24 points and Tim Duncan netted 23 in San Antonio’s
103-79 win over the winless Atlanta Hawks.

Tony Parker was the only other Spur in double figures, finishing with 18
points and eight assists for San Antonio, which has won four of five.

The Spurs, who continue to play without Brent Barry (back) and Michael Finley
(groin), will close their homestand on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. San
Antonio is a perfect 3-0 in its arena this season.

Houston also enters tonight’s tilt on a winning note after Tracy McGrady
scored 13 of his team-high 25 points in the final quarter, rallying the
Rockets to a 94-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target

McGrady hit all 13 of his free throw attempts and came up with a couple of
huge assists late in the fourth to propel the Rockets to their second victory
in three games.

McGrady shot just 6-of-18 from the field, but had eight rebounds and four
assists. Yao Ming and Rafer Alston each added 13 points for the Rockets, who
trailed by eight points at halftime before rallying.

Houston, which will be closing a five-game road trip tonight, is 2-2 away from
home this season.