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Monday, January 22nd (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (29-13) at Boston Celtics (12-27), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping Boston Celtics try to halt a seven-game losing streak when they welcome the San Antonio Spurs to TD Banknorth Garden.

The Spurs have won 17 in a row over the Celtics, and eight straight at Boston. The last time the Celtics beat San Antonio was on January 8, 1997.

Boston plays the first of a brief two-game homestand. On Saturday, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler each poured in 23 points as Washington blew a 25- point second half lead but rallied to beat the Celtics, 115-110, in overtime at the Verizon Center.

Ryan Gomes posted 31 points and nine rebounds, while Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 boards for the slumping Celtics, who have dropped seven in a row and 14 of their last 16 games overall.

The Celtics are 4-14 at home this season. They will host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

San Antonio enters the contest on a two-game winning streak and wraps up a short two-game road trip. Brent Barry scored 23 points, as the Spurs dropped the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-85, on Sunday at the Wachovia Center.

Tim Duncan posted 17 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Philadelphia for the Spurs, who have won six of their last eight games overall. Manu Ginobili and Robert Horry netted 12 apiece in the victory.

The Spurs are 14-6 on the road this season. They have won three of their last four as the visitor.

01/22 12:03:18 ET

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