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Friday, January 6th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (15-14) at San Antonio Spurs (25-7), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs go for their fifth win in a row when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the SBC Center.

The streaking Spurs play the finale of a brief two-game homestand. On Wednesday, Tim Duncan scored 18 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked four shots during San Antonio's 106-75 blowout victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the SBC Center.

Tony Parker also scored 18 points and dished out seven assists in the win over Portland for the Spurs, who have won six of their last seven games overall and beat the Blazers for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings.

San Antonio is an awesome 15-1 as the host this season. The Spurs have won 10 in a row at the SBC Center and suffered their last loss at home on November 25th against the Chicago Bulls.

The Spurs are in first place in the Southwest Division. They lead the second place Dallas Mavericks by two games.

The Timberwolves, who own a one-half game lead over second place Utah in the Northwest Division, begin a tough three-game road trip off of a solid victory. On Wednesday, All-Star Kevin Garnett notched a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Marko Jaric netted 22 to lift Minnesota to a 91-78 win over the Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center.

Wally Szczerbiak contributed 20 points and Trenton Hassell poured in 14 in the win over the Mavericks for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Minnesota is 5-8 on the road this season. The Timberwolves are scheduled to visit Dallas on Saturday at American Airlines Center and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the Bradley Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 15th, Michael Finley poured in a team-high 21 points to help the Spurs fend off Minnesota, 90-88, at the Target Center.

The Spurs have won three of four and five of the last seven meetings in this series. The Timberwolves have lost three straight after winning their last two at San Antonio.

01/06 10:13:02 ET

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