Howard Loses Streak of 16 Double-Doubles Against Spurs

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 28, 2016

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, left,  and San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard finished Wednesday's 130-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs with just 13 points and eight rebounds, thus ending his 16-game streak of double-doubles in contests against the Spurs, per Elias Sports Bureau.

Howard's run was the longest active streak of its kind for any one player against any one team, stretching all the way back to November 2010 when he was still playing for the Orlando Magic, per's play index.

While the last few years have included some trying times for the 30-year-old center, he always seems to step up to the challenge against a San Antonio team that is consistently near the top of a loaded Western Conference.

His teams posted a modest 8-8 record during the 16-game double-double streak, but that includes a shocking run of six consecutive wins between April 2013 and November 2014, as the Rockets oddly got the best of their in-state rival for a six-game stretch that included all four matchups during the 2013-14 season.

Of course, things have returned to normal over the past two seasons, with Wednesday's loss dropping Houston's record against San Antonio to just 2-5 since the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign.

Howard actually played a decent game Wednesday night, but with the contest entirely out of hand by the end of the third quarter, he logged his third-fewest minutes (23) of the season.

He missed the previous three games with an ankle injury, which may have also factored into his lack of playing time.