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Friday, November 19th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (7-1) at Boston Celtics (3-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs take aim at their sixth straight win this evening, when they continue a four-game road trip in Boston against the Celtics at the FleetCenter.

San Antonio began its road swing with an 88-80 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center on Thursday night. Duncan scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 409th career double-double to pace the Spurs to the win. The All-Star has registered a double-double in all eight games this season, averaging 23.8 points and 14 rebounds per contest.

Manu Ginobili added 17 points and nine assists in San Antonio's first victory in Philadelphia since November 1999. Rasho Nesterovic chipped in 16 points and 11 boards for the Spurs, who have won five straight.

Despite their poor first quarter performance, the Sixers held a 59-55 lead heading into the fourth. But San Antonio opened the final quarter with a 12-3 run, taking the lead for good when Duncan's bucket made it 64-62 inside the 9:00 mark. The game remained close after that, but the Sixers were never able to tie it.

San Antonio has won three of its first four road contests of the year. The Spurs have been particularly impressive against the Eastern Conference this season, winning all four games after posting a 22-8 record versus the East last season.

Boston saw a three-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday, as it fell 110-105 in overtime to Washington at the MCI Center. Paul Pierce poured in a game-high 37 points, including 18-of-20 from the foul line for Boston, which is 3-3 on the young season.

Gary Payton chipped in 17 -- all in the second half -- and Ricky Davis collected 14 in the loss. Boston shot a season-low 40 percent in the defeat.

Center Mark Blount scored just six points in 41 minutes before fouling out down the stretch. Veterans Tom Gugliotta and Walter McCarty both failed to score. McCarty played 14 minutes and Gugliotta 11.

Boston, which is opening up a two-game homestand, is 2-2 at the FleetCenter this season.

The Spurs swept the season series against Boston last season, extending their winning streak against the Celtics to 13 games. San Antonio hasn't lost to the Celtics since January 8, 1997 in Boston.

11/19 10:09:13 ET


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