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Houston Rockets: What to watch for against the Spurs on Feb. 1

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images
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James Harden, Houston Rockets
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

James Harden will look to build on his historic 60-point triple-double as the Houston Rockets take on the Spurs in San Antonio.

On Tuesday, James Harden of the Houston Rockets had a night for the ages.

The Beard scored 60 points on just 30 shots, to go along with 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Harden became the first player in NBA history to record a 60-point triple-double. Harden looked like the most unstoppable offensive force in the league and he put some distance between himself and everyone else for the MVP.

The Rockets will need another big performance tonight from Harden, as they continue to deal with injuries. Trevor Ariza is out, while Chris Paul and Eric Gordon are questionable. Ariza and Paul sat out on Tuesday against Orlando, while Gordon left the game early due to a sore back.

As for the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard is still out as he continues to rehab his injured quad. Rudy Gay is also sidelined due to right heel bursitis.

At 22-4, the Spurs have the best home record in the NBA, so Houston has its work cut out tonight.  Despite the fact that Kawhi Leonard has missed the majority of the season, the Spurs still hold the third seed in the West. No matter who is on the floor, Gregg Popovich will insure that his team is as competitive as possible.

The Rockets defeated the Spurs back on Dec. 15 at Toyota Center 124-109. Both Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker had recently made their season debuts and the team was trying to acclimate their stars back into the lineup. Due to health concerns and old age, Parker has accepted a bench role and Dejounte Murray is the new starting point guard for the Spurs.

With that in mind, here is what you should watch for against the Spurs.

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