NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 6th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (20-38) at San Antonio Spurs (45-13), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs will retire Sean Elliott's no. 32 jersey tonight, when they host the Utah Jazz at the SBC Center.
Elliott played 11 of his 12 NBA seasons with the Spurs. He is San Antonio's all-time leader in three-point field goals made (with 563) and attempted (1,485). Elliott, a member the Spurs' 1999 Championship team, ranks among the franchise's regular season all-time leaders in games (third with 669), points (fourth with 9,659), rebounds (sixth with 2,941), assists (seventh with 1,700), steals (eighth with 522) and blocks (ninth with 257).
"This is a humbling day," said Elliott, who was a member of the Spurs 1999 Championship team. "When I came to San Antonio 15 years ago I never would have dreamt that some day my number would be hanging up there with players like George Gervin and David Robinson. I'm honored and excited. But most of all I want to thank my family, all of my former teammates and coaches and, of course, all of the great fans for so many wonderful memories."
The Spurs, who have won three straight and five of their last six games, will try to feed off the energy in the building tonight. San Antonio continued its winning ways on Friday night, surviving a second half charge by the Chicago Bulls to pick up a 102-99 victory at the SBC Center.
Tim Duncan hit the go-ahead jumper with 37.7 seconds left to lift the Spurs to the win. Duncan finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort, while Tony Parker added 25 points and eight assists.
Manu Ginobili ended with 19 points for the Spurs, who have won eight in a row and 12 of 13 versus Chicago. San Antonio nearly blew a 16-point second-half lead but held on for its 18th win in 19 home games. For the year, the Spurs are 26-2 at the SBC Center.
The Spurs shot 44.6 percent from the field, including 6-of-20 (.300) from three-point range. San Antonio drained 22-of-26 (.846) from the charity stripe.
San Antonio owns the best record (45-13) in the league, a half game ahead of Phoenix. The Spurs are two games ahead of the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat as well.
Utah saw a three-game win streak come to an end on Friday, as it fell 92-85 to the lowly New Orleans Hornets on the road. Andrei Kirilenko had a game-high 21 points for Utah, while Raja Bell contributed with 19 points in the loss. Matt Harpring rounded out the Jazz' double-digit scorers with 18.
Utah's Jarron Collins injured his shoulder late in the second quarter and did not return. Collins is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
The Jazz had a horrible night shooting, managing just 33.7 percent from the field. Utah hit just 2-of-11 (.182) from beyond the arc and 27-of-34 (.794) from the charity stripe.
Utah, which is finishing up a two-game road trip tonight, is only 7-22 in foreign buildings this season. The Jazz have lost six of seven and 13 of their last 15 road tilts.
These teams have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team winning both contests. Utah snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Spurs with a narrow 97-96 win at the Delta Center on Jan. 18. The Spurs have still won 19 of the last 21 in this set, including 12 in a row at home.
03/06 10:07:53 ET