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Houston Rockets clinch home court in first round of NBA playoffs

Entering Monday night, the Houston Rockets had a few different paths to the 4th seed in the Western Conference and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. A win in one of their two final games would have done it, as would a loss by the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Rockets decided to do it the hard way, defeating the San Antonio Spurs at home Monday night by a final score of 104-98. They did it with ridiculously balanced scoring, as all five starters were in double digits and three of them, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, and Dwight Howard, had 20 or more points.

Howard was particularly dominant in this game, putting up 20 and 17 rebounds with a game-best +18 mark. It makes sense, then, that Tim Duncan was a -14 on the other side of things for San Antonio. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 17 points.

With that, the Rockets ensured that their first playoff game against the Blazers will be in Houston as this team tries to prove that they are worthy of the hype that accompanied them entering the season. The Rockets will wrap up their 2013-2014 with a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

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