Spurs rebound from thrashing

NEW YORK • The San Antonio Spurs wiped away the hurt from their worst loss of the National Basketball Association season with a dominating 130-99 win over the Houston Rockets to remain undefeated at home.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead five San Antonio players who scored in double figures.

The Spurs showed no hangover from a 30-point road defeat at the hands of Golden State Warriors on Monday and picked up where they left off by swamping Houston from the opening tip.

Asked if his team responded well after the loss, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had a typically succinct answer: "I guess you have to say 'yes'. You saw it."

San Antonio cemented the outcome by outscoring the Rockets by 23 points in the middle two quarters, relegating the fourth quarter mostly to a contest between the teams' bench players.

The Spurs produced their season high for points. Forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Danny Green scored 18 points apiece, guard Tony Parker added 15 points and seven assists and reserve centre Boban Marjanovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

San Antonio (39-7) improved to 25-0 at home this season, the best start by a Western Conference team since the Portland Trail Blazers won their initial 26 home games in 1977-78.

The victory also allowed the Spurs to extend their regular-season home victory streak to 34 games.

"It was important for us to be ourselves again - to play defence, to be active and to stop the other team from getting easy shots," Aldridge said.

Houston (25-23) was led by guard James Harden's 20 points. Centre Dwight Howard added 13 points and eight rebounds, reserve forwards Josh Smith and Terrence Jones scored 11 points each and reserve guard Jason Terry had 10.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2016, with the headline 'Spurs rebound from thrashing'. Print Edition | Subscribe