Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks, Spurs play for final time in 2005-06 campaign

=== Hawks, Spurs play for final time in 2005-06 campaign ===

(Sports Network) – The world champion San Antonio Spurs attempt to remain hot
tonight, as they travel to Atlanta to face the lowly Hawks at Philips Arena.

This is the second and final time the teams will meet this season. On November
15th, Manu Ginobili poured in a game-high 24 points and Tim Duncan netted 23,
as San Antonio shook off a sluggish first quarter to easily defeat Atlanta,
103-79, at the SBC Center.

San Antonio has won three straight and 12 of of the last 14 contests in this
series. The Spurs have won four of their last six at Atlanta.

The Spurs come into tonight’s game on a six-game winning streak. On Friday,
Tim Duncan scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio
past the Boston Celtics, 101-89, at the SBC Center.

Tony Parker added 16 points and four assists in the win over Boston for the
Spurs, who are undefeated so far in the month of December (5-0). Manu Ginobili
ended with 14 points in the victory.

The Spurs are 7-2 on the road this season. They have won four in a row as the
visitor.

Atlanta comes into the contest on a seven-game losing streak. On Wednesday,
Matt Harpring poured in a season-high 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds,
leading the Utah Jazz to a 95-83 win over the Hawks at the Delta Center.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 19 points in the loss to Utah. Rookie Salim
Stoudamire finished with 15 points and Al Harrington netted 11 for Atlanta,
which has lost four in a row on the road and fell to a dismal 1-10 as the
visitor.

Hawks forward Josh Smith (suspension) is eligible to return to the court for
tonight’s game Smith was suspended by the NBA for two games on Tuesday for
elbowing Phoenix guard Raja Bell. The second-year player caught Bell with the
elbow in the third quarter of last Sunday’s loss at America West Arena.

The Hawks are 1-6 at Philips Arena this season. Their only win at home was a
120-117 victory over the Boston Celtics on November 23rd. After tonight’s
game, Atlanta hits the road for a pair of games against Cleveland and
Philadelphia.

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