San Antonio has no time for rest on long road trip
(Sports Network) – The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs are being
put to the test by the Dallas Mavericks in the Southwest Division. The teams
are locked in a first place tie with identical 36-10 records.
The Spurs go for their sixth straight victory when they visit the Golden State
Warriors on Thursday at The Arena in Oakland. San Antonio, which will try and
match its season-best winning streak with a victory, plays the second of a
season-long eight-game road trip.
San Antonio, which won six in a row from November 29th to December 9th, has
won five in a row as the visitor. The Spurs have won 11 of their last 14 games
at Golden State. The home team has won six of eight and 10 of the last 13
contests in this series, while San Antonio has won four straight and five of
the last six meetings.
Tim Duncan scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds, leading
San Antonio to an 86-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at
the Rose Garden.
Manu Ginobili finished with 22 points, while Tony Parker netted 20 in the win
over Portland for the Spurs, who have won nine of their last 10 contests
The Spurs are 15-7 on the road this season. They will also visit Toronto, New
Jersey, Indiana, Cleveland and Philadelphia on the current swing. San Antonio
defeated the Utah Jazz, 79-70, on Monday at the Delta Center in the opener of
Duncan, who leads the Spurs in scoring (20.0 ppg) and rebounds (11.6 rpg), has
scored in double-digits in all 46 of San Antonio’s games this season. He has
collected 34 double-doubles and has logged 30 or more minutes in 40 contests.
The Wake Forest product is averaging 17.9 points and 11.3 rebounds in his last
San Antonio is 15-1 when it scores 100 or more points this season.