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Houston Rockets (29-36) vs. San Antonio Spurs (51-14)
Saturday, March 18, 8:30 p.m.
Toyota Center




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The Rockets return to Toyota Center Saturday when the play host to the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. The Rockets (29-36) enter the game after suffering their third straight loss, Wednesday at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. San Antonio (50-14) hosts Phoenix Friday at AT&T Center before heading to Houston.

Saturday will be the third of four meetings between these two teams this season. The Spurs have claimed both previous contests, both in San Antonio. Most recently the Rockets fell to the Spurs Sunday 88-81, despite 25 points and 10 rebounds from Yao Ming.

Houston has won the last two meetings at Toyota Center, both last season and held the World Champions to an average of just 77 points in those two games. It’s been a different story this season has San Antonio has averaged 87 points a game this year.

San Antonio is also the premiere defensive team in the league allowing just over 88 points a game to their opponents. It should come as no surprise then that the Rocket have score 80 and 81 points, respectively in their two shots at the Spurts this season.

Tracy McGrady scored 27 points against San Antonio the first time these two met this season, but missed Sunday’s game with the Spurs and will again be out of the lineup Saturday. David Wesley will also be out of action Saturday. He remains week-to-week with a broken rib.

That puts the offensive burden squarely on the shoulders of Yao Ming. The Rockets big man is currently enjoying his best season in the NBA and more specifically, his best month. Yao is averaging 30 points and 11 rebounds in eight games so far placing him seventh and fifth, respectively in the NBA in those two categories. However, it’s been a one-man show for the most part since McGrady went down and the Rockets will be in search of their first since March 8 Saturday.
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