Monday , Dec , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs are playing like champions

(Sports Network) – The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs have
started the season by winning 13 of their first 16 games in the 2005-06
campaign.

San Antonio goes for its fourth straight win on Monday as it visits the
Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre. It is the first of two meetings between
the clubs this season. The Spurs are scheduled to host the Magic on April 13,
2006 at the SBC Center.

San Antonio has won eight of its last 10 meetings against the Magic. The Spurs
have won five of their last seven at Orlando.

Tony Parker had an all-around solid performance with 20 points, eight rebounds
and seven assists, leading the world champion Spurs to a 100-91 victory over
Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at the SBC Center.

Tim Duncan added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Philadelphia for
the Spurs, who won at home against the Sixers for the 18th time in the last 19
meetings. Brent Barry had 14 points and Rasho Nesterovic added 12 points and
seven rebounds for San Antonio, which was without All-Star guard Manu Ginobili
due to a right foot injury.

Ginobili, who has missed two game with the foot injury, is questionable for
Monday’s contest. He is averaging 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists
this season.

The Spurs are 6-2 on the road this season. They have won three in a row as the
visitor

Duncan is averaging 20.4 points and a team-best 11.9 rebounds this season. He
has scored in double-digits in all 16 of San Antonio’s games this season and
has registered 14 double-doubles.

San Antonio returns home after Monday’s game for back-to-back contests. The
Spurs will host Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Wednesday and Paul Pierce
and the Boston Celtics on Friday.

The Spurs will meet Miami for the first time this season and will be playing
Boston for the second and final time of the 2005-06 campaign. On November
11th, Duncan poured in a game-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as San
Antonio blew out the Celtics, 103-82, at TD Banknorth Garden.

SAN