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Spurs rest veteran stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili against undefeated Rockets

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) as he tries to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 94-92. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) as he tries to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 94-92. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) looks to pass against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) looks to pass against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) and Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 94-92. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) and Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 94-92. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are being held out by the San Antonio Spurs against the undefeated Houston Rockets.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says both veterans will be rested Thursday night. The pair played 35 and 26 minutes, respectively, Wednesday night in a 94-92 win over Atlanta. Aron Baynes and Matt Bonner will start in their place.

Also missing for the defending NBA champions will be forwards Marco Belinelli (mild right groin strain) and Tiago Splitter (right calf tightness). Belinelli played 5 minutes against the Hawks.

Houston will be without Patrick Beverley (strained hamstring), who played 30 minutes in Tuesday night's 108-91 victory over Miami. It will mark the third game Beverley has missed due to injury this season. Isaiah Canaan will start in his place.