When the visiting Houston Rockets played the San Antonio Spurs on Christmas night, it wasn’t unusual for the Rockets to receive some applause and cheers during the game. It also wasn’t unusual to see these same fans boo Dwight Howard considerably when he came into the game and would shoot a free throw.
It’s hard to blame them. Howard has helped the Rockets become a major threat to the Spurs’ dominance in the NBA‘s Western Conference.
That was very apparent Wednesday night when the Rockets blasted the host Spurs 111-98. The Rockets are 2-0 against the Spurs this season, both times in San Antonio. Houston at 19-11 is also 3.5 games behind San Antonio, at 22-7, for the top spot in the Southwest Division.
The Spurs are also 3-6 over the last month against teams with a winning record.
Howard especially makes the Rockets a bigger threat. He scored 15 points and and 20 boards against the Spurs. James Harden was the big gun with 28 points, including 16 in the last quarter, but Howard provides that outstanding play in the paint and makes the Rockets so much tougher than they were a year ago.
He did make five careless turnovers, but Howard still had two shot blocks and three assists along with his other impressive stats. He’s been shooting decent from the floor. His averages of 18.6 points and 13.5 rebounds per game makes Houston such a more dangerous team.
Spur fans might as well boo Howard for the rest of the season. Nothing else is going to help stop him or the Rockets.