Almost everyone in this football-mad town has Texans-mania. So when player introductions were made before the Spurs-Rockets game at Toyota Center, the cheers for Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker from the hundreds of Spurs fans who made the drive were almost as raucous as those for Houston’s Jeremy Lin.
The Texans were playing the Patriots on “Monday Night Football” in a battle of two of the NFL’s powerhouse teams, and it was clear by the number of empty seats that a large chunk of Rockets season ticket-holders opted for a night of watching football on television.
Those fans watching the Texans’ 42-14 blowout loss to the Patriots missed Lin scoring a season-high 38 points and helping the Rockets extend the game to overtime. But the Rockets couldn’t overcome the first triple-double of Parker’s career (27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists) and a career scoring night from Gary Neal (29 points) in the Spurs’ 134-126 victory.
The Spurs lead the NBA with 18 victories.