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Wednesday, February 27th (All times Eastern)
Phoenix Suns (19-39) at San Antonio Spurs (45-13), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs are finally home.
In their first game at the AT&T Center since Feb. 2, the Spurs will entertain the Phoenix Suns, whom they beat just three days ago.
The nine-game rodeo trip has ended with an astonishing 7-2 mark. They own the NBA's best record, best home record and best road record, but as Dorothy said, "there's no place like home."
"Feels great to be home and sleep in your own bed," said guard Tony Parker. "We're going to try to not take it for granted and make sure we play. We played well on the road, so now we need to do the same thing at home."
Parker didn't play the Suns on Sunday night. He was sidelined with a bruised right triceps, but made it through a full practice on Tuesday and, barring a setback, expects to be in the lineup on Wednesday.
The Spurs beat the Suns, 97-87, on Sunday and it was due in large part to an excellent second quarter. San Antonio blasted Phoenix, 35-19, and hung on in the second half.
Kawhi Leonard was the only Spurs player over the 30-minute plateau against the Suns and shared high-scorer honors with Patty Mills at 16. Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan also scored in double figures as the Spurs held the Suns to 37 percent shooting.
The Suns played since the Spurs loss and pulled out an 84-83 overtime victory at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Six Suns players scored in double digits with three players with 14 apiece, including the seldom-used Wesley Johnson, who was the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by those same Timberwolves.
Minnesota gave up on Johnson and sent him to the Suns in the offseason. He hasn't contributed much this season, or in his brief career, but Tuesday could be a stepping stone.
"I hope this can continue to catapult him into growing as a player and just really see how good he can be," said Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter. "He has all the tools by far. It is just good to see him contribute the way he did tonight."
Tuesday's win over the Timberwolves snapped a three-game slide for the Suns. They are 1-4 in their last five road games.
The Spurs have won six in a row over the Suns. Phoenix has dropped seven in a row in the Alamo City.
02/27 10:39:40 ET
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