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(SportsNetwork. Al Woods Jersey .com) - The Houston Rockets will put their perfect record on the line tonight in their stiffest test to date, a home battle with the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Later, two of the Western Conferences postseason teams from a season ago tangle early in this campaign when the Portland Trail Blazers welcome the Dallas Mavericks to the Moda Center. Both games can be seen on TSN2 beginning with the Rockets vs. Suprs at 8pm et/5pm pt. The Rockets can become the leagues first 6-0 team with a victory on Thursday. The Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors are also perfect in the early part of this campaign. Houston is supremely confident and should be against the Spurs. The Rockets swept the season series in 2013-14 and have won seven of the last nine at home versus the defending champs. The Rockets reached 5-0 in their toughest challenge before Thursday, toppling the previously undefeated Miami Heat, 108-91, in South Beach on Tuesday night. James Harden was a rebound shy of a triple-double, tallying 25 points and 10 assists for the Rockets. We showed tremendous confidence, especially in the fourth quarter, said Harden. We got stops when we needed to. Dwight Howard posted 26 points and 10 boards and Trevor Ariza nailed five 3- pointers and netted 19 points for Houston, which is off to its first 5-0 start since opening 6-0 during the 1996-97 season. Patrick Beverley returned from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury and scored 15 points. The Rockets started the season against relative NBA lightweights, but the level rose with the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions. It gets even higher versus the NBA champions. Im happy with our progress, but were not satisfied, Howard said after the Miami victory. Weve got a tough game with San Antonio. We have to be ready for our next opponent. The Spurs were well-rested for their home tilt with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. San Antonio had only played twice early in the campaign and it showed some rust, but escaped with a 94-92 win. You can make the argument on both sides, was there rust there, or is it good to get rest? opined Duncan. Luckily, we got the win and well build on that. With the score tied with 13.6 seconds remaining, Manu Ginobili drove the lane and kicked to the corner, but was fouled with 3.8 ticks on the clock. He buried a pair of free throws, then Boris Diaw blocked a last-second heave to allow the Spurs to survive. We need to be sharper, execute better, and today we just didnt, said Ginobili. Ginobili scored seven of his 12 points on Wednesday at the foul line. Duncan and Tony Parker each finished with 17 points, with the former grabbing 13 rebounds with six blocks, four assists and three steals. Kawhi Leonard and Diaw each scored 11 points in the win. Tiago Splitter returned from a calf injury, then left because he felt tightness in the area. His availability for Thursday night is undetermined. Mavericks and Blazers battle in Portland Two of the Western Conferences postseason teams from a season ago tangle early in this campaign when the Portland Trail Blazers welcome the Dallas Mavericks to the Moda Center. Theyre a great team, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. Theyre a playoff team, and theyre a different team than what weve seen with the quality of their big men and their 3-point shooting ability straight across the board. Its a tough matchup, and thats always a very difficult place to play. The Mavs begin this mini road trip on a roll, winning three straight and vaulting into the league lead in scoring at 111.8 ppg. Dallas will also visit the Utah Jazz on Friday before returning home. The Mavericks reached 3-1 Monday night with a 118-113 victory at home over the Boston Celtics. Chandler Parsons scored 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting, but the Mavs nearly squandered a 26-point lead. Jeff Green and Avery Bradley fueled the Celtics comeback, totaling 35 and 32 points, respectively. Bradley had a chance to tie things at the free throw line with 39.5 seconds to go but only made two of his three attempts. Monta Ellis, after fouling Bradley behind the arc, ended Bostons 9-0 run with a tough runner off the glass to give Dallas a 116-113 lead. He made two more free throws to seal the win. They are scrappy and you know that they are going to continue to fight back, Mavs center Tyson Chandler said of the Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki netted 27 points with seven rebounds while Ellis added 14 points for the Mavs. Chandler posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards, while Devin Harris managed 12 points. The Mavs shot 53.7 percent from the floor and 56 percent from long range. The Blazers got back on track Tuesday night. They halted a two-game slide with an emphatic statement game, a 101-82 home victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Needless to say, it was good to get a win, said Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts. But more importantly, it was how we got it, how we played. That looked like the team that we need to be. We withstood their barrage in the first quarter, stayed with our schemes and our coverages and the next 3 1/2 quarters, we did a great job defensively. We stuck with the defense and we got rhythm to the offense. It was a solid win at both ends of the court. The Cavs opened the game 10-for-10 from the field, but tailed off offensively. Cleveland never posted 20 points in the remaining three quarters and finished the contest with 13 points over the final 12 minutes. Damian Lillard busted out of his shooting slump with 27 points. He went 6- for-13 from the field, 5-for-10 from long range and 10-for-10 from the foul line. Its the same game that Ive been playing, said Lillard. The only difference was the shots just went in. It was pretty simple: just play the game. I thought we did a great job of moving the ball and everybody defended well. Wes Matthews (21), Robin Lopez (19) and LaMarcus Aldridge (16) finished in double figures. The Blazers also held the fabled James to just 11 points. The Mavs won two of three against the Blazers last season and have captured 10 of the last 15 meetings. Dallas is 12-6 in its last 18 in Rose City. Chester Rogers Jersey . -- The NFL cancelled its Hall of Fame game between St. Johnny Unitas Jersey .J. -- Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks.PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Derrick Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots for his fifth win in six games and 19th overall.Pouliot, a prized prospect on defence, scored the eventual game-winner in the first period after he was recalled on Saturday. Nick Spaling netted his fifth for the Penguins, who won a season-high fifth straight game at home.Pittsburgh has defeated Florida in 12 of the last 14 meetings at home and 21 of 29 overall.Pittsburgh native Vincent Trocheck, a healthy scratch the previous two games, scored his third of the season for the Panthers, who went to overtime in their previous four games.Crosby scored his 10th goal of the season and first in nine games. Crosby, who missed three games with the mumps, remains among the league leaders in scoring despite recording just three points in his last seven games.KINGS 4, COYOTES 2LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kings defenceman Alec Martinez scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period during a power play, Marian Gaborik also connected with the man advantage for his sixth goal in four games, and Los Angeles beat Arizona.Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis also scored and Jonathan Quick made 15 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions on the third anniversary of the day Darryl Sutter was hired as coach. Anze Kopitar, who set a career high for points with a goal and four assists Thursday night in a 6-4 win over St. Louis, had three assists against the Coyotes.Martin Hanzal and Kyle Chipchura scored for Arizona, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 shots.ISLANDERS 3, LIGHTNING 1UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Tavares and Anders Lee scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, and New York stunned Tampa Bay with a late comeback.Shut down nearly all night by first-year goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Islanders stormed back in the closing minutes after falling behind 1-0 on Brett Connollys goal 9:16 into the third.Tavares tied it with 3:09 remaining, scoring from the slot while being knocked to the ice, and Lee put New York in front when he deflected in Travis Hamonics shot. Nikolay Kulemin sealed it with 1:11 left on an empty-net goal.Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves for the Islanders, who have won four straight.With No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop out for the third straight game, Vasilevskiy stopped 45 shots in his second NHL appearance. Tampa Bay is 2-5-1 in its past eight games.BLUE JACKETS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, SOCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jack Johnson scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots in regulation and eight in the tiebreaker to give Columbus a victory over Chicago.Johnson faked a forehand and then jammed in a backhand before Bobrovsky clinched the win by blocking Bryan Bickells low attempt.It was the sixth game in a row to go past regulation for the Blue Jackets, who have a nine-game point streak (8-0-1).Jack Skille and Kevin Connauton scored goals for Columbus. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 17 saves.The Blue Jackets ended a 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) to the Blackhawks.AVALANCHE 5, SABRES 1BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Tanguay scored twice and Calvin Pickard made 28 saves as Colorado beat Buffalo.The Avalanche also got goals from Cody McLeod, John Mitchell and Erik Johnson in ending a two-game skid.Last-minute call-up Johan Larsson scored his first NHL goal for the Sabres, who had won six straight home games.Colorado has won its last eight against Buffalo dating to 2005.CAPITALS 4, DEVILS 0NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Braden Holtby made 21 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist and Washington rolled past New Jersey.Alex Ovechkin added a spectacular unassisted goal and defenceman Mike Green also scored as the Capitals extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).The shutout was the second of the season for Holtby, who has started every game in the Capitals current run. He is now 11-3-3 in his last 17 starts.Cory Schneider had 17 saves for the Devils, who again failed to win consecutive games for the first time since the middle of last month. Nate Hairston Jersey. New Jersey is now 3-8-4 in its last 15 games.RANGERS 3, HURRICANES 2, SORALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mats Zuccarrello scored in the shootout to lift New York to its fifth straight win.Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves before stopping all three Carolina shooters in the tiebreaker.Kevin Kline tied it with 2:23 remaining and J.T. Miller also scored in the third period for the Rangers, who have earned at least one point in nine straight games against Metropolitan Division opponents.Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward made 32 saves.Zuccarrello beat Ward with a wrist shot for the only goal of the shootout. Lundqvist stopped Skinner and Nathan Gerbe before gloving Terrys backhand to end it.FLYERS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 4TORONTO (AP) — Claude Giroux had two goals and two assists, Jakub Voracek added four assists to take the NHL scoring lead and Philadelphia handed Toronto its second straight loss after a six-game win streak.Voracek has 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 32 games.R.J. Umberger, Sean Couturier, Nicklas Grossman, Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, and Ray Emery made 21 saves.Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, David Clarkson and Peter Holland scored for Toronto. Jonathan Bernier stopped 34 shots, and James Riemer made one save on one shot in 10:28 of relief.CANADIENS 4, SENATORS 1MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Carey Price stopped 24 shots to lead Montreal.Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, who completed a 4-1-0 homestand.Erik Condra scored for Ottawa and Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots. The Senators, coming off a 6-2 win at home over Anaheim on Friday night, dropped to 3-2-1 since Dave Cameron replaced Paul MacLean as head coach.Gallagher got the go-ahead goal at 7:30 of the second as he finished off a 3-on-2 rush by shooting the puck into the open side of the net. Plekanec and Galchenyuk scored 44 seconds apart late in the third to seal the win.PREDATORS 6, WILD 5, OTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mattias Ekholm scored his first goal of the season 1:45 into overtime, lifting Pekka Rinne and Nashville over Minnesota.Rinne made 22 saves for his NHL-leading 21st win.Ekholm circled from behind the net and flipped a pretty wrist shot past Niklas Backstrom. The nice move silenced the crowd, which was cheering moments earlier when Thomas Vanek scored with 48 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.Predators rookie Filip Forsberg scored his 13th goal to put Nashville in front 1:48 into the third, and Roman Josi made it 5-3 less than eight minutes later. Craig Smith, Matt Cullen and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for the Predators.Zach Parise had two goals for Minnesota, and Backstrom finished with 27 saves after replacing starter Darcy Kuemper, who had a rough first night back after missing a game with an illness. Kuemper allowed three first-period goals on 14 shots and was pulled for the third time in his last four home starts.SHARKS 3, BLUES 2, OTSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime, and San Jose rallied past St. Louis for its season-best fifth straight victory.Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game for the Sharks. Joe Thornton dug the puck out of the corner before delivering the pass.Steve Ott scored his first goal in 10 months late in the second period to put the Blues ahead. Patrick Berglund also scored for St. Louis.Andrew Desjardins had a goal for the Sharks, and Antti Niemi made 18 saves.CANUCKS 3, FLAMES 2, OTVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chris Tanev scored 18 seconds into overtime and Vancouver defeated skidding Calgary to snap a five-game losing streak.Radim Vrbata and Yannick Weber scored in regulation for the Canucks. Ryan Miller made 26 saves in his first win since Dec. 2 at Washington.Johnny Gaudreau and David Jones had the goals for Calgary, which has lost eight consecutive games. The Flames have also dropped eight straight in Vancouver since their last win on Dec. 23, 2011. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Nike Baseball Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Authentic Cheap NHL Jerseys Canada Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China NCAA Jerseys Cheap Nike NHL Jerseys ChinaWholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Football Jerseys Store Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Jerseys NCAA China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys ' ' '