NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (32-14) at Golden State Warriors (15-33), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking San Antonio Spurs shoot for their fourth straight win in the opener of their annual eight-game "rodeo" road trip in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.
While the rodeo inhabits the AT&T Center is San Antonio, the Spurs will hit both coasts on a grueling trek that will last until February 21.
San Antonio, which will also visit Denver, Boston, New Jersey, Toronto, New York, Detroit and Washington on the swing, has traditionally flourished on the long trips. Since 2002-03 when the rodeo moved to the AT&T Center from the smaller Freeman Coliseum, the Spurs have compiled a gaudy 35-13 on their previous six rodeo road trips.
Most recently, the Spurs extended their lead in the Southwest Division Saturday when Tony Parker scored 25 points and dished out seven assists in a balanced attack, and San Antonio continued their home dominance over the New Orleans Hornets with a 106-93 victory.
Manu Ginobili added 22 points, while Michael Finley scored 20 for the Spurs, who have won eight of nine home games against the Hornets. Tim Duncan had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Matt Bonner posted 13 points in the win.
Roger Mason contributed 10 points for San Antonio, which now holds a three- game edge over New Orleans in the Southwest division.
The Warriors, meanwhile, finished a three-game road trip of their own in losing fashion Saturday when Ron Artest led all scorers with 27 points and totaled seven rebounds with as many assists to help lead the Houston Rockets to a 110-93 triumph over Golden State at the Toyota Center.
Corey Maggette led the way with 17 points and Stephen Jackson had 16 with five assists for the Warriors, who were looking to build on an impressive win against New Orleans but finished off their road trip 1-2 instead.
Jamal Crawford added 14 points and C.J. Watson 12 in the loss.
San Antonio, which is 14-7 on the road this year, has won 12 of its last 15 meetings with the Warriors, including a 123-88 rout in the Alamo City on December 6.
02/02 10:27:47 ET