NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, December 30th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (23-6) at Portland Trail Blazers (13-13), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking San Antonio Spurs go for their fourth straight win, as they start a three-game road trip against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Rose Garden.
The Spurs are also scheduled to visit the Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings on the brief swing.
On Tuesday, San Antonio proved it is still among the elite teams in the NBA, as it registered a 115-94 win over the NBA best Phoenix Suns at the SBC Center. Tony Parker delivered 29 points and Tim Duncan finished with 16 and 12 rebounds, as the Spurs stopped the Suns' 11-game winning streak.
Parker, who netted 27 points in Sunday's triumph over Boston, made 14-of-20 shots from the field to lead the Spurs to their third straight win and 15th in 18 games. Malik Rose contributed 15 points and six boards in 18 minutes off the bench.
Duncan has recorded three straight double-doubles and has registered 23 on the season. He leads the Spurs in scoring (22.4 ppg) and rebounding (12.1 rpg).
The Spurs are 9-5 on the road this season. San Antonio has lost two of its last three as the visitor.
Portland tries to get back on the winning track tonight. On Monday, the Trail Blazers fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-104, at the Rose Garden. Darius Miles had a season-high 28 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which began a three-game homestand on a losing note.
Zach Randolph tallied 25 points and nine boards in Monday's loss for the Blazers, who were fresh off going 3-3 on a six-game road trip. Former Sixer Theo Ratliff had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for Portland.
Miles has scored in double-digits in eight straight games. He is averaging 17 points and 6.6 rebounds in that span.
The Blazers, who will host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday in the finale of the stand, are 7-4 as the host this season. Portland has won four of its last six home games.
Last season, the Spurs swept their four meetings with the Blazers. Overall, San Antonio has won six straight and seven of the last 10 contests. The last time the Blazers defeated the Spurs was on January 9, 2003 at the Rose Garden.
San Antonio has won three straight and seven of its last nine at Portland.
12/30 10:09:59 ET