Tuesday , Nov , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs welcome Lakers to SBC Center

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Two teams that are trying to get back on
the winning track meet tonight, as the San Antonio Spurs welcome the Los
Angeles Lakers to the SBC Center.

The Spurs have won five straight and nine of the last 12 meetings in this
series. The Lakers have lost two straight and five of their last seven at San

San Antonio will try and bounce back from a shocking loss. On Friday, Chris
Duhon scored 18 points and Ben Gordon added 19 off the bench, as the Chicago
Bulls defeated the Spurs, 106-99, at SBC Center.

Tim Duncan netted 24 points with 11 boards and four blocks in the loss to
Chicago for the Spurs, who had their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Manu Ginobili finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Michael Finley
netted 12 off the bench in defeat.

The Spurs are 5-1 at home this season. After tonight’s contest, San Antonio
will hit the road for a game against Southwest Division rival Dallas on
Thursday at American Airlines Center.

LA is fresh of going 2-3 on a five-game homestand. On Sunday, Jason Kidd
scored a season-high 35 points, including five in overtime, to lift the New
Jersey Nets to a 102-96 win over the Lakers at Staples Center. Kidd also
dished out 12 assists in the win.

Superstar Kobe Bryant poured in a season-high 46 points in the loss to New
Jersey for the Lakers, who have dropped three of their last four games
overall. Brian Cook chipped in 14 points in the setback.

In overtime, Kidd hit one free throw to give New Jersey a 96-93 lead with 3:03
left and the margin later grew to seven on his breakaway layup with 1:14
remaining. The Nets, who never trailed in the game, were not threatened again
and posted the six-point win.

The Lakers are 2-3 on the road this season. They have dropped three straight
as the visitor.