NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 24th (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (25-45) at San Antonio Spurs (45-24), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs will find themselves in an unfamiliar position when they hit the floor against the Golden State Warriors tonight -- second place.
The Spurs fell out of the top spot in the Southwest Division on Sunday when Luis Scola finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, and made a pair of key baskets in the final minute to help Houston upend San Antonio, 87-85, and vault over the Spurs for the division lead.
Houston entered Sunday's contest a half-game behind San Antonio, but moved atop the Southwest Division after overcoming a six-point deficit late in the game.
The Spurs hope their stay in second place is a short one as they shoot for their 23rd consecutive home win versus the Warriors.
Tony Parker had 22 points and 12 assists against Houston, but his potential game-winning floater in the lane in the final seconds hit off the rim, as the Spurs lost their second in a row and fell to 1-2 on a four-game homestand.
"We're concerned with playing well and closing out games," San Antonio's Roger Mason said after the game. "We're concerned about being ready for the playoffs. At the end of the day we want to put ourselves in the best position, but I don't think guys on this team pay attention to the standings day-in and day-out."
Tim Duncan added 23 points and Ime Udoka scored a season-high 16 off the bench for San Antonio, which is now 24-11 at the AT&T Center.
The Warriors, meanwhile, lost the opener of a four-game road trip in the Big Easy on Sunday when Chris Paul scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out eight assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets past Golden State, 99-89.
The Warriors were paced by Stephen Jackson, who finished with 22 points and 10 boards. Kelenna Azubuike added 16 points and six rebounds for Golden State, which dropped to a miserable 6-29 on the road this year.
Monta Ellis and Ronny Turiaf ended with 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Corey Maggette netted 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds off the bench in defeat.
The Warriors, who have dropped five in a row away from home, will also visit Dallas and Denver during their trip.
The Spurs have won three straight over Golden State, including a pair of meetings this season.
03/24 10:30:09 ET