Friday , Dec , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs welcome Celtics to SBC Center

(Sports Network) – The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs try to
extend their winning streak to six games tonight, as they welcome the Boston
Celtics to the SBC Center.

San Antonio has defeated the Celtics 16 straight times since falling to them
back on January 8, 1997. The Spurs have won 22 of the last 23 meetings between
the squads.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
November 11th, Tim Duncan poured in a game-high 29 points and grabbed 12
rebounds, as San Antonio blew out Boston, 103-82, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Tony Parker ended with 23 points, six boards and six assists, while defensive
stopper Bruce Bowen had 12 points in the victory for the Spurs.

On Wednesday, Duncan finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds as the Spurs
continued their domination of the Miami Heat with a 98-84 victory at the SBC
Center. Manu Ginobili added 27 points and Parker contributed 14 points and 11
assists for the Spurs, who have won eight of the last 11 meetings and
improved to 18-1 all-time at home against the Heat.

Duncan leads the Spurs in scoring (21.2 ppg) and rebounding (12.1 rpg), while
Parker has dished out a team-best 6.1 assists per game.

The Spurs are 8-1 as the host this season. They have won three in a row at the
SBC Center. San Antonio will hit the road on Saturday as it travels to Atlanta
to take on the Hawks at Philips Arena.

Boston plays the fourth contest of a five-game road trip. The Celtics are 2-1
on the current stand.

Paul Pierce poured in 28 points and connected on 13-of-16 from the charity
stripe, as the Celtics cruised to a 101-87 victory over the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Wednesday at the Ford Center. Pierce also
grabbed 12 rebounds, while Ricky Davis contributed 26 points in the victory
for the Celtics, who have won three of their last five games overall, but have
not won back-to-back contests this season.

Mark Blount scored 19 points and Al Jefferson tallied 16 points off the bench,
as Boston’s reserves outscored New Orleans/Oklahoma City’s, 39-17.

The Celtics are 2-5 as the visitor this season. They are scheduled to closeout
the road trip on Saturday against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks at
American Airlines Center.