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Wednesday, March 23rd (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (50-17) at Indiana Pacers (33-33), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs try to halt a two-game slide tonight when they visit the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

They Spurs will be without star forward Tim Duncan for the second straight game, as he is on the injured list due to a sprained right ankle sustained Sunday against Detroit.

San Antonio enters the day's action 1/2 game behind Phoenix for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Suns will visit Charlotte this evening.

On Monday the Spurs dropped an 99-75 contest in New York. San Antonio scored only 13 third-quarter points and was held without a field goal for nearly 11 1/2 minutes during a span that bridged the final two periods. During that drought, the Knicks went on a 25-1 run to put the game away.

Devin Brown had a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs, who have dropped three in a row on the road. Tony Parker added 14 points, scoring only four points after starting the game with the first 10 points for San Antonio. He also had six assists.

The Spurs conclude a three-game trip tonight, and will host Atlanta on Friday.

Indiana, meanwhile, has lost two straight as well, both losses coming to New Jersey as part of a home-and-home set. On Tuesday the Pacers lost a 98-91 contest at the Meadowlands.

Stephen Jackson led the way with 23 points for Indiana, which fell to 15-30 when scoring under 100 points this season. Reggie Miller posted 18 points and is seven shy of the 25,000 mark for his career.

The Pacers are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference -- one game ahead of eighth-place Philadelphia and 1 1/2 ahead of No. 9 Orlando. To show just how tight the East is, Indiana is within 3 1/2 games of fourth-place Washington.

The Pacers, who have won three of their last four at home, will kick off a three-game road trip on Friday in Detroit.

San Antonio defeated Indiana, 111-98, at the SBC Center on January 6 and has won four of the last five meetings.

The Spurs have won in six of their last eight trips to Indianapolis.

03/23 10:15:14 ET

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