The Houston Rockets moved to an impressive 23-4 on the season with a comfortable 124-109 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets are undefeated in over a month having last lost to the visiting Toronto Raptors back on November 14th.
Since then Houston has run off 12 straight, a number that sounds impressive, but hadn't included a single elite side until their win over the Spurs.
James Harden and Chris Paul each had 28 points for the Rockets who will entertain the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday in the fourth contest of a seven-game home stand.
The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are in town on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, before Houston heads to Oklahoma City for a Christmas Day match up with the Thunder.
The Rockets will play eight games over the next 16 days through the end of the year with five in Houston and three on the road.
San Antonio's defeat saw them fall five games behind the Rockets in the Southwest Division. The Spurs are struggling on the road away from the AT & T Center with a 6-8 record while crushing it 13-2 at home.
It's still a relatively small sample size, but that's something to keep an eye on over the next couple of months as San Antonio finally starts to play with a full strength squad.
The Spurs head home from a disappointing three-game road swing to host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
San Antonio could not get the better of the Mavericks earlier in the week when they lost 95-89 in Dallas.
The Spurs are 1.40 to win that tussle, with Dallas 3.05. San Antonio meanwhile are 5000.00 to win the NBA Finals this season.
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