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            === Spurs seek 11 straight with New Orleans in town ===
 ( - The San Antonio Spurs aren't the only squad riding a 10-
 game  winning  streak, but they do  have the best winning percentage (.923) in
 the Western Conference.
 They  will  put that to the  test Monday night  when they host the New Orleans
 The  Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers have ripped off 10 wins in a row and the
 latter  is 12-2 on the season. San Antonio is off to a 12-1 start and recorded
 a  126-96 bashing  of Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at the
 AT&T  Center. The 12-1 start matches the 2010-11 season, when the Spurs won 13
 of their first 14 contests.
 Danny  Green  scored a team-high  17 points and Patty  Mills netted 15 off the
 bench  for the  Spurs, who shot a  sizzling 57.5 percent and drained a season-
 high  16 shots from 3-point range (16-of-24). Marco Belinelli scored 10 points
 as a reserve and six bench players had at least eight points.
 "It's  always  good to  get the  bench minutes so  the guys feel comfortable,"
 Spurs  coach  Gregg Popovich said. "Especially  the guys who haven't been here
 before,  so  they can  understand the system  better. They can  feel a part of
 things and obviously give some of the other guys a rest. Especially in a back-
 to-back situation."
 Green  was  5-of-7 from downtown,  while Tony Parker  scored 12 points and Tim
 Duncan added nine and six rebounds. San Antonio, which led by as many as 25 in
 the  first  half, was  coming off an  impressive win at  Memphis on Friday and
 pushed its home record to 6-0 this season.
 Spurs  reserve  forward Boris Diaw was  a late scratch Saturday with a bruised
 right ribcage suffered against the Grizzlies and is questionable Monday.
 After hosting the Pelicans in the Alamo City, San Antonio will hit the road to
 Oklahoma City and Orlando.
 New  Orleans  had the weekend to  rest and won  its third straight game with a
 104-100 decision over the Cavaliers in the finale of a three-game homestand.
 The Pelicans rallied from a halftime deficit and outscored the Cavs, 34-29, in
 the  fourth quarter  to stay on the  winning path. They erased a 12-point hole
 (93-81)  in the final  stanza and scored 23 points with less than five minutes
 to go.
 Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans were two of six players to score in double digits
 and  finished with  19 points  apiece,  while Anthony  Davis added  17 and  13
 rebounds and Jrue Holiday ended with 15 points and 11 assists.
 Ryan  Anderson and  Jason Smith chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively, for
 the Pelicans, who scored 21 points on 20 Cleveland turnovers
 "This  was a  big win for us, because we  showed we can win at the end when we
 are  down and  have to  claw and  fight our  way back,"  Anderson said.  "It's
 something  we didn't really show at the beginning of the season, but we did it
 Monty Williams collected his 100th victory as Pelicans head coach.
 New Orleans previously won four in a row from last Jan. 5-11 and looks to halt
 a  three-game road losing  streak to the Spurs. San Antonio took three of four
 meetings  with New Orleans  last season and has won 14 of the past 17 matchups
 between the teams.
 The Pelicans have dropped five in a row and 19 of 23 games at the Spurs.
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