Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs shoot for ninth straight win in Indiana

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs try for their ninth straight win this
afternoon when they continue their season-long eight-game road trip against
the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

On Friday, Manu Ginobili netted 22 points and grabbed five rebounds as San
Antonio rolled to an 83-73 victory over the New Jersey Nets at Continental
Airlines Arena.

Tony Parker contributed 19 points and dished out six assists for the Spurs,
who won for the 12th time in their last 13 tries overall and matched a
franchise-record with their eighth straight win on the road.

Tim Duncan returned to the lineup after missing one game with flu-like
symptoms and scored 12 points with seven rebounds and six assists in the

The Spurs, who will close their trek with stops in Cleveland and Philadelphia,
are 18-7 away from home this season.

Indiana, meanwhile, comes in on a streak of its own after Anthony Johnson
scored 23 points on 10- of-14 shooting and came up with some big shots late to
lead the Pacers past Golden State, 107-95, on Friday.

Stephen Jackson led all scorers with 30 points while Peja Stojakovic donated
23 points and eight rebounds for Indiana, which has won four straight since
dropping six in a row.

With the win the Pacers improved to 8-1 at home against Western Conference

Indiana, which will close a seven-game homestand with visits from Milwaukee
and New Orleans/Oklahoma City, is 16-7 in its arena this season.

The Spurs defeated the Pacers earlier in the season and have won five of the
last seven and eight of the last 11 meetings. San Antonio has also won six of
its last nine in Indiana.