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Thursday, February 19th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (35-17) at Detroit Pistons (27-25), 8:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons will try to avoid losing a season-high tying fifth straight game Thursday when they close out a three-game homestand Thursday night versus the San Antonio Spurs at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons have dropped four straight overall and the first two tests of their residency, including Tuesday's 92-86 setback versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antonio McDyess led the Pistons with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Richard Hamilton added 22 points off the bench. Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson all scored 10 points for Detroit, which is 14-14 at The Palace this season. Hamilton is averaging 26.2 points over his last five games.

The last time the Pistons lost five in a row was from January 10 - 17.

San Antonio will resume its eight-game road trip Thursday and is 3-3 so far on the trek. It has dropped two straight and three of five on the road swing, and suffered a 112-107 overtime loss at New York Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden. Nate Robinson finished with 32 points and a career high-tying 10 rebounds to lead the Knicks to a hard-fought win.

Tim Duncan got his 33rd double-double of the season with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who are 17-10 away from home this season and will also visit the Washington Wizards. Roger Mason added 20 points and Tony Parker 14 in a losing cause.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili did not travel with the team to New York because of a sore right ankle and will miss Thursday's game. He is averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season.

Detroit defeated San Antonio, 89-77, on December 2 this season at the AT&T Center, as Iverson and Wallace scored 19 points apiece to lead the way. The Pistons have won three straight over the Spurs, who have dropped four of their last five at The Palace.

02/19 10:34:08 ET

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