Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Duncan, Spurs visit Nash, Suns

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns play the finale of a three-game homestand
when they welcome the streaking San Antonio Spurs tonight to US Airways
Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 19th,
Tim Duncan scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as San Antonio continued
its domination over Phoenix by posting a 97-91 win at SBC Center. This game
was a rematch of the 2005 Western Conference finals in which the Spurs won the
best-of-seven set in five games before eventually going on to win the NBA
title.

The home team has won 11 of 15 and 15 of the last 20 meetings. San Antonio has
lost four of seven and six of its last 10 at Phoenix.

San Antonio attempts to extend its winning streak to six games this evening.
On Friday, Tony Parker scored 23 points and dished out seven assists and Manu
Ginobili had 21 points to lead the Spurs over the Minnesota Timberwolves,
83-77, at the SBC Center.

Tim Duncan was held to 12 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Minnesota for
the Spurs, who have won seven of their last eight games overall. Bruce Bowen
tallied 14 points as the Spurs have captured 11 in a row at home and improved
to 16-1 as the host this season.

The Spurs are a respectable 10-6 as the visitor this season. They have won two
of their last three as the visitor.

Phoenix goes for its third straight win. Raja Bell scored 24 points to lead a
group of seven Phoenix players in double figures, as the Suns trounced the
Miami Heat, 111-93, on Friday at the newly named U.S. Airways Center.

Shawn Marion added 19 points and 16 rebounds, while James Jones had 16 points
in the win over Miami for the Suns, who have won six of their last seven games
overall. Boris Diaw added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Kurt
Thomas had 13 points for Phoenix, which never trailed in the game.

Reigning MVP Steve Nash ended with 11 points and 19 assists and Eddie House
had 10 points to complete the double-figure scorers for the Suns, whose only
loss over the last seven games was to the New York Knicks, 140-133, in triple
overtime on Monday.

The Suns are 12-6 at home this season.

Phoenix is in first place in the Pacific Division with a three-game lead over
the Los Angeles Clippers, while the defending world champion Spurs lead the
second place Dallas Mavericks by two games in the Southwest Division.

PHO SAN