Friday , Jan , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Duncan, Spurs battle Shaq, Heat

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs shoot for their fourth straight win
this evening when they head to Miami to face Shaquille O’Neal and the Heat at
AmericanAirlines Arena.

On Wednesday, Michael Finley drained two clutch three- pointers down the
stretch and San Antonio made its free throws in the waning seconds to defeat
Milwaukee, 95-92, at AT&T Center.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Finley
tallied 21 off the bench. The former all-star drained three treys in the final
period, including one that gave the Spurs an 86-85 lead with 2:18 remaining in
the contest.

Tony Parker donated 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Manu
Ginobili contributed 16 points, dished out seven assists and pulled down five
boards for San Antonio, which has won four of its last five.

The Spurs, who start a two-game homestand after tonight’s affair, are 11-7
away from home this season.

Miami, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling to Kobe Bryant and the
Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at the Staples Center. Dwyane Wade scored 34
points and dished out seven assists for the Heat, who had a four-game winning
streak broken and wrapped up a seven-game road trip at 3-4.

Shaquille O’Neal, who was dealt from the Lakers to the Heat during the summer
of 2004, ended with 18 points and 10 boards and had some heated moments with
18-year-old rookie center Andrew Bynum of the Lakers.

The Heat, who are starting a four-game homestand tonight, are 12-4 in their
arena this season.

San Antonio defeated the Heat earlier in the season and has won seven of eight
and eight of the last 11 meetings. The Spurs, though, have dropped four of six
and six of their last nine in South Beach.