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Friday, March 6th (All times eastern)

Washington Wizards (14-47) at San Antonio Spurs (40-20), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The struggling San Antonio Spurs hope to get back on track Friday, when they kick off a four-game homestand hoping to garner their seventh straight win over the hapless Washington Wizards.

The Spurs, who lead the cramped Southwest Division by two games over both New Orleans and Houston, lost for the third time in four games Wednesday in Dallas, where Josh Howard poured in 29 points -- helped by 4-of-5 three-point shooting -- to lead the Mavericks in a 107-102 victory over San Antonio.

Tony Parker recorded a game-best 37 points and Roger Mason had 23 for the Spurs. Tim Duncan ended with 19 points and 12 boards in the loss, while Matt Bonner totaled 11 points.

San Antonio officially added some veteran depth to its rotation on Thursday, signing forward Drew Gooden for the rest of the season.

Gooden was bought out by the Sacramento Kings last Sunday, making him eligible to play for another team during the playoffs. The veteran, who was also reportedly considering signing with Dallas, averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 31 games with the Chicago Bulls before he was traded to the Kings on February 18.

The Spurs, who are 20-8 at home, will also face Phoenix, Charlotte and the LA Lakers on their residency.

The Wizards, meanwhile, dropped the opener of a four-game road trip Wednesday in Oklahoma City, where Nick Collison scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Thunder hung on to beat Washington, 88-83, at the Ford Center.

Antawn Jamison poured in 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace the Wizards, who have dropped five of their last six outings. Andray Blatche and Darius Songaila scored 14 points apiece for Washington, which slipped to a dismal 4-25 away from home this year.

Wizards forward Caron Butler missed his second straight game with a left hamstring injury on Wednesday. The seventh-year swingman, who is averaging 20.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.

Washington, which will finish its trek with visits to Dallas and Minnesota, has not beaten San Antonio since a 110-95 win in the nation's capital on November 12, 2005.

03/06 10:42:34 ET


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