Monday , Mar , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

San Antonio Spurs Team Report – March 28

=== San Antonio Spurs Team Report – March 28 ===

(Sports Network) – San Antonio trails the Phoenix Suns by 1/2 game for the
top seed in the Western Conference playoff race. The Spurs are 5 1/2 games
ahead of the second-place Dallas Mavericks in the Southwest Division.

On Sunday, All-Star Manu Ginobili finished with 18 points and Brent Barry
added 17 off the bench as San Antonio used a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter to
pull away from the Houston Rockets, 83-70, at the SBC Center. Ginobili added
four assists and five steals, while Tony Parker and Bruce Bowen each netted 11
points for the Spurs, who have won two in a row after a three-game slide.

Robert Horry chipped in 12 points in Sunday’s victory for the Spurs, while
center Rasho Nesterovic netted 10 for San Antonio, which has won 10 of its
last 15 overall.

The Spurs, who improved to 4-5 in Sunday games this season, are a league-best
33-3 at home. They have won five in a row and are 9-1 in their last 10 at the
SBC Center.

San Antonio returns to the court on Wednesday when it hosts the Seattle
SuperSonics in the finale of a three-game homestand. It will be the final
meeting of the 2004-05 regular season between the clubs. The Spurs are 1-2
against the Sonics in the campaign.

The Spurs go on the road on Friday to face the red-hot Denver Nuggets at the
Pepsi Center, and will return home on Saturday to host the reeling Los Angeles
Lakers. San Antonio, which is 52-18, is scheduled to play seven of its final
12 games on the road.

Ginobili has scored in double-digits in 10 of his last 12 games. He is
averaging 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his last 10 contests.
The 6-6 guard has registered one double-double this season.

All-Star forward Tim Duncan is still on the injured list with a severely
sprained right ankle. He hopes to return to the court before the end of the
regular season on April 20th. Duncan was averaging team-highs in points (20.9
ppg) and rebounds (11.4 rpg) before he suffered the injury against the Detroit
Pistons on March 20th at The Palace of Auburn Hills.