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Josh Smith set to make 1st start with Rockets

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Josh Smith is set to make his first start with the Houston Rockets on Sunday in their game against the injury-depleted San Antonio Spurs.

Smith had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists in his debut with Houston on Friday, just hours after signing with the team as a free agent. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 28 games with Detroit before being released by the Pistons a week ago.

"We had practice yesterday, I think he's picked up enough of what we're doing," Houston coach Kevin McHale said.

The Spurs should have guard Patty Mills available for the first time this season.

San Antonio's players have missed a combined 92 games this season due to injury. The Spurs will be without Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hand) and Tony Parker (mild strain left hamstring).

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