In a word: ugly.
Damn ugly. This was like Thomas Hamilton on Prom Night ugly.
The Rockets went into the Midwest Division leader's house and got spanked by 24 points, 116-92 in San Antonio. 6 Spurs players scored in double figures to pace the rout. Both teams play each other again on Sunday -- this time in Houston.
The loss drops the Rockets record to 21-31.
David Robinson scored 16 points and picked 7 steals (Seaboy makes good) while Tim Duncan scored 19 and grabbed 8 boards. Terry Porter and Jaren Jackson combined for 32 points.
Steve Francis led the Rockets with 18 points and actually led the team (and tied for game-high) in rebounds also with 8. He hit 6-12 shots, but had just 3 assists and 5 turnovers.
Kelvin Cato played just 20 minutes, hitting 5-8 for 10 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks. Shandon Anderson scored 14 points.
No other Rocket scored in double figures, though Moochie Norris saw 11 minutes (a reflection of how ugly and quick this game got) and anytime Moochie sees PT there are bright spots to be found.
6 points and a dime for Moochie.
It was never pretty. The Rockets shot just 42% to the Spurs 52%. They had 22 assists to the Spurs' 32 and the big story: The Rockets committed 24 turnovers leading to 37 points for the Spurs. The Spurs committed 14 turnovers, which resulted in just 9 Rocket points.
Houston trailed 33-24 after one, 57-41 at half and 90-61 through three. An ass-whooping from start to finish.
Said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after the game, "Houston is an unbelievably athletic team, they are scary."
Yeah, Friday night they were scary alright.
The Rockets will have their shot at revenge though on Sunday when they get another crack at the Spurs.
Popovich continued. "It will be a heck of a contest [Sunday]. Those guys are going to come back on us. There is too much of a rivalry."