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Houston Rockets: 3 keys to defeating the San Antonio Spurs

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On Friday night, the Houston Rockets will face one of their biggest tests of the season against the Spurs. What are the keys to victory against San Antonio?

The last time the Houston Rockets saw the San Antonio Spurs, it was in a 39-point blowout loss that sent the Rockets home in the postseason. That was an embarrassing game, but this is a new year and Houston has a better team.

This season, the red-hot Rockets (22-4) have the best record in the NBA. Houston is 12-0 in games with Chris Paul in the lineup, who is coming off of a 31-point, 11-assist performance against the Hornets.

Despite missing Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard for the majority of the year, the Spurs have had yet another great season. Led by one of the best coaches of all time, Gregg Popovich, San Antonio has gotten off to a 19-9 start, which gives them a third spot in the West.

LaMarcus Aldridge is having his best season as a Spur. The 32-year-old is averaging 22.7 points and 8.3 rebounds on 49.6 percent shooting from the field. Rudy Gay, who was acquired in the offseason, has played well coming off of the dreaded Achilles tear. Gay is putting up 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds on 49.4 percent shooting from the field.

Kawhi Leonard made his season debut in San Antonio’s previous game against Dallas. He scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but the Spurs limited him to just 16 minutes. Leonard should get more playing time against Houston tonight, but he is unlikely to see the floor for more than 25 minutes.

With that it mind, let’s get into the three keys for the Houston Rockets to defeat the San Antonio Spurs.

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