Tuesday , Apr , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

San Antonio Spurs Team Report – April 12

=== San Antonio Spurs Team Report – April 12 ===

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs try to stay in the race for the top
spot in the Western Conference, as they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers on
Tuesday to the SBC Center. It is the third and final meeting of the season
between the clubs. The Spurs defeated Portland, 114-80, on December 30th at
the Rose Garden, while the Blazers beat San Antonio, 107-99, at Portland.

The Spurs are one game behind the Phoenix Suns for the top seed in the West.
Both teams have five games remaining on their regular-season schedules. The
Suns host the New Orleans Hornets tonight.

San Antonio attempts to win its third straight game. On Sunday, Tony Parker
scored a career-high 35 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 2.9 seconds
remaining in the second overtime, lifting the Spurs to a 136-134 win over the
Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland. Parker also dished out 12
assists and grabbed six rebounds for the Spurs, who also won a double-overtime
game on Saturday night against the Clippers at the Staples Center.

Nazr Mohammed finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds in Sunday’s victory for
San Antonio, while Robert Horry and Bruce Bowen scored 17 points apiece for
the Spurs.

Parker is averaging 31 points, five rebounds and 10.5 assists in his last two
games. He more than 46 minutes in both of the contests.

The Spurs are a league-best 36-3 at home this season. They have won eight
straight as the host. San Antonio, which will host the Memphis Grizzlies on
Saturday in its final regular-season game at the SBC Center, has three games
on the road remaining as it will visit Utah, Memphis and Minnesota.

San Antonio is a perfect 6-0 in Tuesday games this season.

All-Star forward Tim Duncan is getting closer to returning from a severely
sprained right ankle. He has been on the injured list since March 21st. The
Spurs are 7-4 since Duncan, who was hurt on March 20th during a 110-101 loss
to Detroit, suffered the injury.