Wednesday , Jan , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets fly into San Antonio

(Sports Network) – Southwest Division rivals battle tonight, as the San
Antonio Spurs welcome the Houston Rockets to the AT&T Center.

This is the second of four meetings between the squads this season. The teams
split the previous two contests, as both teams picked up a win on the road.
Houston is scheduled to host the Spurs on March 3rd at the Toyota Center.

Houston has lost 17 of its last 18 at San Antonio.

San Antonio enters tonight’s contest on a three-game winning streak. Tim
Duncan scored 21 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists
to lead the Spurs over the Boston Celtics, 93-89, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Duncan ended 7-of-17 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line,
while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili both contributed 15 points for the Spurs,
who defeated Boston for the 18th straight time. The last time the Celtics beat
San Antonio was on January 8, 1997.

The Spurs are 15-7 at home this season. They will host the Memphis Grizzlies
on Friday.

The Rockets have dropped three in a row. Allen Iverson scored 36 points and
dished out 10 assists, leading a late Denver charge on the way to a 121-113
overtime win for the Nuggets over Houston at the Pepsi Center.

Tracy McGrady returned from a one-game absence due to a sore back and scored
24 points to go along with 10 assists, but the Rockets tied a season-high with
their third consecutive defeat. Juwan Howard tallied 21 points and 13
rebounds, while veteran Dikembe Mutombo had 11 points and 13 boards in the

Houston is a respectable 12-11 on the road this season. After tonight’s
contest, the Rockets return home for a five-game homestand. They will host
Portland, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Minnesota on
the upcoming stand.