Sunday , Jan , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets, Spurs square off at San Antonio

(Sports Network) – The streaking San Antonio Spurs play the first of a brief
two-game homestand when they welcome the surging Denver Nuggets this afternoon
to the AT&T Center.

This is the third of four meetings between the clubs this season. The Spurs
won the two previous contests, as it won on November 1st at San Antonio and
on December 31st at the Pepsi Center.

The Spurs have won seven of the last nine meetings in this series. Denver has
lost nine of its last 10 meetings at San Antonio.

San Antonio goes for its fifth straight win today. On Friday, Tony Parker
poured in a career-high 38 points, picking up the scoring slack after star
guard Manu Ginobili left with an ankle injury, as the Spurs defeated the Miami
Heat, 101-94, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Ginobili scored eight points and dished out five assists before coming down
awkwardly on his right ankle at 8:59 of the third quarter with the Spurs
firmly in front, 58-45. The guard was carried off the court and taken into the
locker room where he was diagnosed with a sprained ankle after x-rays were
negative.

Tim Duncan posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bruce
Bowen tallied 10 points for the Spurs, who have won 10 of their last 12 games
overall.

Ginobili, who is averaging 15.4 points per game, is questionable for today’s
contest.

The Spurs, who will host the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, are an impressive
19-2 as the host this season.

The Nuggets have also won four straight games. Carmelo Anthony poured in a
game-high 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the floor as Denver dominated
the Utah Jazz, 113-83, on Friday at the Pepsi Center.

Kenyon Martin added 16 points with six rebounds in the win over the Jazz for
Denver, which has won six of its last seven games overall. Andre Miller
finished with 13 points and five assists, while Earl Watson contributed eight
points and nine assists in the victory.

Denver is 8-11 on the road this season. The Nuggets have won two in a row as
the visitor.

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