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Game #29: Rockets vs. Spurs

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The Houston Rockets will attempt to stretch their winning streak to six in a row tonight in San Antonio. With a healthy Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have never looked like a more dominant rival.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
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(16-12)
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December 28th, 2012
AT&T Center
7:30 PM CST
CSNH
Starting Lineups
Jeremy Lin PG Tony Parker
James Harden SG Danny Green
Chandler Parsons SF Kawhi Leonard
Marcus Morris PF Tim Duncan
Omer Asik C Tiago Splitter
2012/13 Advanced Stats
96.2 (1st of 30) Pace 94.5 (2nd of 30)
108.2 (8th of 30) ORtg 109.4 (5th of 30)
105.3 (15th of 30) DRtg 101.2 (4th of 30)

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Injuries:

Patrick Patterson: bruised right foot, out indefinitely

Gary Neal: strained right calf, questionable tonight

Questions to Consider:

The Rockets and Spurs are ranked #1 and #2 in pace respectively in the NBA. Both teams are dangerous on the fast break and like to use as little of the shot clock as possible. Unlike the Rockets, Gregg Popovich's Spurs are able to run while maintaining a top five defense. If the Rockets lose tonight, the Spurs will take the series. To keep the winning streak alive the Rockets are going to have to steal a tough win on the road. Can the Rockets beat the odds?

Houston's assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a top candidate for the Nets head coach position. Could tonight be Sampson's last game for the Rockets?