The Spurs began the game with two triples, one from Kawhi Leonard and one from Danny Green. They looked much more focused offensively than they did in that turnover fest that was the game against the Warriors on Monday night. The passes and shots were intentional and no one looked rattled or out of sync. The Spurs jumped out to a 13-6 lead.
The Spurs were hot in the first quarter and were 7-for-10 from the field, but the Rockets made all eight of their first attempts, and hadn't missed a field goal or free throw halfway through the first quarter, which made it all the more impressive that San Antonio actually had a 22-21 lead at that point.
Houston began to miss shots, but both teams stayed hot. Tony Parker sliced and diced through the lane for nine points in the quarter, including these two:
Parker led the Spurs to a 35-29 lead after one, which is the most the Spurs have scored in the first quarter all season.
The Spurs slowly but surely increased the lead, thanks to a few quick buckets from Patty Mills, and San Antonio led by 11 three minutes into the second. The Rockets were getting to the line quite a bit, even excluding Pop implementing the hack strategy on Clint Capella late in the first. Houston just couldn't hit from deep. The Silver and Black were a ridiculous 8-for14 from behind the arc in the first half, while the Rockets were 1-for-7. Kawhi Leonard and Green were a combined 8-for-11 from deep, which was the main reason the Spurs had a 69-49 lead at halftime.
Here's an interesting first half stat:
Spurs lead 69-49 at half. After starting 8 for 8, Rockets miss 19 of next 26.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) January 28, 2016
The Spurs continued to score virtually whenever they wanted in the third quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge had a crazy efficient night, with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting (7-for-7 from the line), 10 boards, and five assists at the end of the third. The Spurs had a 102-73 lead through three quarters. Yes, the good guys scored 102 points in 36 minutes of game time.
There wasn't much to say about the fourth quarter. Boban Marjanovic made an appearance and had another double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Jonathon Simmons had a nice slam from the baseline, and Ray McCallum had a couple of triples and the Spurs won 130-99.
The Spurs improve to 39-7 and stay perfect at home.