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About Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Since both Houston and San Antonio lie on Interstate 10, it’s only natural that the Rockets–Spurs rivalry is called the I-10 Rivalry. It began in 1976 when the Spurs moved from the American Basketball Association (ABA) to the National Basketball Association (NBA). Both the Rockets and the Spurs are in NBA’s Western Conference Southwest Division and as such compete for the division title.

The Rockets–Spurs rivalry is one of the three rivalries amongst Texas based teams, the others featuring San Antonio and Houston versus Dallas Mavericks. These rivalries are significant for Texas, as the state is otherwise known for its football.

Here are some of the most memorable games-moments from this rivalry.

Rockets – Spurs making NBA history

What a comeback (I) – The Rockets were hosting San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX on December 9, 2004. The dominant Spurs led the game throughout. When the clock showed 59 seconds, the Rockets were trailing by 10 points. The Rockets’ fans were incensed and started booing their team when Tracy McGrady scored 13 points in 35 seconds. The Rockets not only won 81-80, but also broke the Spurs seven-game winning streak.

What a comeback (II) – It was November 14, 2008, and the Spurs were hosting the Rockets at the AT&T Center. The Spurs had begun their season 2-4, worst in their franchise history. Unsurprisingly, the Rockets dominated the game – with 7 minutes left on the clock, they led by 14 points. That is when Tim Duncan and rookie George Hill led the Spurs’ comeback. With 59 seconds left on the clock, the Spurs finally took the lead 76-75. Duncan also blocked a layup that would have given the Rockets the lead with less than 2 seconds left. The Spurs won the game 77-75.

Rockets and Spurs Head-to-Head Record

The following table represents Rockets’ regular season statistics against their divisional rivals, the Spurs.

Games Played Wins Losses Win %age Points Scored Points Allowed
189 83 106 .439 19115 19312

Simply put, the Rockets trail by 23 games against the Spurs. However, the two have also played 22 playoff games between them, out of which the Rockets have won 12, while the Spurs have won 10 games. The Rockets, therefore, lead the playoff series 12-10.

Rockets – Spurs Hall of Famers

The Rockets’ Hall of Fame list is longer than Spurs. However, while the Spurs may not have Rockets’ numbers, their Hall of Famers are equally famous.

Hall of Fame for Houston Rockets

Hakeem Olajuwon –He is considered as one of the greatest centers to play professional basketball. He also led Rockets to two back-to-back NBA Championships.

Charles Barkley – He is considered to be one of the most dominating power forwards to play professional basketball.

Clyde Drexler – A ten-time NBA All-Star, Drexler was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Hall of Fame for San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson –He played center for the Spurs for his entire career. Robinson is considered to be one of the greatest centers in both NBA and college basketball history.

Dominique Wilkins – A nine-time NBA All-Star, Wilkins is considered to be one of the greatest dunkers ever.

Moses Malone – A 12-time NBA All-Star, Malone was known for his rebounding prowess and was nicknamed Chairman of the Boards.

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