NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 13th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (40-11) at Miami Heat (38-14), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Shaquille O'Neal and the East-leading Miami Heat seek their sixth consecutive victory today when they welcome Tim Duncan and the West-leading San Antonio Spurs to AmericanAirlines Arena.
O'Neal and Co. have won eight of their last nine games overall, including Friday's 97-87 triumph in Charlotte. O'Neal poured in 32 points, including 18 in the second half, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the effort.
Damon Jones hit six three-pointers and scored 22 points for the Heat, who continue to hold a comfortable lead atop the Eastern Conference standings. Jones also had eight assists.
Also chipping in were Eddie Jones, who scored 12, and Dwyane Wade with 11 points, nine boards and seven assists.
The one negative, if you want to call it that, was the fact that Miami was held under 100 points for the first time in nine games. The last such occasion was a 106-98 loss at Philadelphia on January 24.
Miami, which is 20-5 at home, will host the LA Clippers on Wednesday.
San Antonio, meanwhile, has won six of its last seven games. On Friday, Tony Parker scored 17 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, as the Spurs rallied from a 15-point deficit to post a 101-91 win over New Jersey at the Meadowlands.
Manu Ginobili added 17 points and seven rebounds while Tim Duncan returned to the lineup and finished with 16 points and 15 boards for the Spurs, who are one game up on Phoenix atop the Western Conference standings.
Duncan had missed the previous two games with a right ankle injury and San Antonio went 1-1 without the two-time league MVP. Duncan, who injured the ankle during last Monday's practice, entered the game leading the Spurs in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.3 points and 11.8 boards per game.
San Antonio, which is 17-10 on the road, will visit New Orleans on Wednesday to round out a seven-game away swing.
The Spurs defeated the Heat, 93-84, on November 12 in Texas and have won six straight in the series.
02/13 10:06:04 ET