Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs roll into Houston

(Sports Network) – The fading Houston Rockets hope to put the brakes on a
three-game losing streak tonight, as they host the San Antonio Spurs at the
Toyota Center.

This is the third meeting of the season between the Southwest-Division rivals.
In the two previous contests, the Spurs picked up a pair of wins on their

San Antonio has won four straight in this series. The Spurs have lost two
straight after winning their last three at Houston.

The Rockets are scheduled to host the Spurs on April 19th in the fourth and
final meeting of the campaign between the squads.

Houston plays the third of a four-game homestand. On Wednesday, Dirk Nowitzki
poured in 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks defeated
the Rockets, 95-81, at the Toyota Center.

Yao Ming led all scorers with 36 points in the loss to Dallas for the Rockets,
who five of their last nine games overall. Yao also grabbed 12 boards, while
Rafer Alston netted 18 in defeat.

Houston is still without All-Star forward Tracy McGrady, who is sidelined with
an ailing back. The Rockets are just 13-20 at the Toyota Center this season.
They are scheduled to host the Clippers on Monday.

Meanwhile, San Antonio notched its third straight win with Friday’s 108-102
victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Nazr Mohammed tied a career-high with 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a
battle at the AT&T Center. Tim Duncan posted 20 points and 13 boards, while
Manu Ginobili added 14 points and five assists for the Spurs.

Duncan and Ginobili may rest for Saturday’s meaningless game.

The Spurs are one-half game behind the idle Dallas Mavericks in the hunt for
the best mark in the Southwest Division and the Western Conference. San
Antonio went 3-1 on the homestand and will hit the road for Houston.

San Antonio is 3-1 in its last four road games and 22-10 as the visitor this