NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 7th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (26-7) at Phoenix Suns (21-11), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns play the finale of a three-game homestand when they welcome the streaking San Antonio Spurs tonight to US Airways Center.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 19th, Tim Duncan scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as San Antonio continued its domination over Phoenix by posting a 97-91 win at SBC Center. This game was a rematch of the 2005 Western Conference finals in which the Spurs won the best-of-seven set in five games before eventually going on to win the NBA title.
The home team has won 11 of 15 and 15 of the last 20 meetings. San Antonio has lost four of seven and six of its last 10 at Phoenix.
San Antonio attempts to extend its winning streak to six games this evening. On Friday, Tony Parker scored 23 points and dished out seven assists and Manu Ginobili had 21 points to lead the Spurs over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 83-77, at the SBC Center.
Tim Duncan was held to 12 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Minnesota for the Spurs, who have won seven of their last eight games overall. Bruce Bowen tallied 14 points as the Spurs have captured 11 in a row at home and improved to 16-1 as the host this season.
The Spurs are a respectable 10-6 as the visitor this season. They have won two of their last three as the visitor.
Phoenix goes for its third straight win. Raja Bell scored 24 points to lead a group of seven Phoenix players in double figures, as the Suns trounced the Miami Heat, 111-93, on Friday at the newly named U.S. Airways Center.
Shawn Marion added 19 points and 16 rebounds, while James Jones had 16 points in the win over Miami for the Suns, who have won six of their last seven games overall. Boris Diaw added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Kurt Thomas had 13 points for Phoenix, which never trailed in the game.
Reigning MVP Steve Nash ended with 11 points and 19 assists and Eddie House had 10 points to complete the double-figure scorers for the Suns, whose only loss over the last seven games was to the New York Knicks, 140-133, in triple overtime on Monday.
The Suns are 12-6 at home this season.
Phoenix is in first place in the Pacific Division with a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers, while the defending world champion Spurs lead the second place Dallas Mavericks by two games in the Southwest Division.
01/07 12:05:19 ET