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Thursday, February 1st (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (32-15) at Phoenix Suns (36-9), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns will try to bounce back after having their franchise-record winning streak halted when they host the San Antonio Spurs this evening at US Airways Center.

Phoenix ripped off a team-best 17 straight wins before suffering a 121-112 loss to Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Garnett was a force with a game-high 44 points to send the Suns packing.

Steve Nash had 20 points and 18 assists for the Suns, who suffered only their third loss in 36 games. Raja Bell led Phoenix with 26 points and Shawn Marion had 24 points and 10 boards.

The Pacific Division-leading Suns will now open a brief two-game homestand versus San Antonio and Utah, and are 19-3 as the host this season. Phoenix has won nine straight at home. Only Dallas has a better home record in the NBA at 21-3.

San Antonio, meanwhile, resumed its eight-game road trip with Wednesday's 97-93 loss to the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

Tony Parker scored 27 points and Tim Duncan finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who had won two straight and five of six entering Salt Lake City. Manu Ginobili and Robert Horry added 10 points apiece, as San Antonio fell to 1-1 on the swing.

The Spurs, who are six games off the lead in the Southwest Division, are 16-7 away from home this season. They will also visit Washington, Orlando, Miami, New Jersey and Detroit on the trek.

Thursday's showdown between the Spurs and Suns is the second of three meetings this season. San Antonio won the first encounter, 111-106, in overtime on November 8 at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio has won three straight and four of the last five meetings. It has also won four of its last six trips to Phoenix.

02/01 10:56:00 ET


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