Friday , Mar , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs being tested

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs (50-14) are one-half game behind
the Dallas Mavericks for first place in the Southwest Division and the
top spot in the Western Conference.

On Friday, two of the top teams in the Western Conference meet when the
Spurs welcome the Phoenix Suns to the AT&T Center. It is the fourth and final
meeting of the season between the clubs. In the three previous contests, the
teams split a pair of games in Phoenix, while the Spurs defeated the Suns,
91-86, on November 19th at San Antonio.

Phoenix has lost four straight and nine of its last 10 at San Antonio.

San Antonio wraps up a four-game homestand against the Suns. It is 2-1 on the
stand and have won two in a row. On Tuesday, Tony Parker ended with 20 points
and 11 assists as the Spurs downed New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 96-81, at the
AT&T Center.

Tim Duncan scored 17 points in the win over the Hornets for the Spurs, who
have won 10 of their last 12 games overall. Brent Barry scored 16 points on 6-
of-6 shooting from the floor, while Nazr Mohammed netted 12 and Beno Udrih
scored 10 points in the victory.

The Spurs are an impressive 28-4 as the host this season. They are scheduled
to play nine of their final 18 games this season at home.

Parker leads the Spurs in scoring (19.2 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg), while
Duncan is averaging a team-best 11.2 rebounds per game.

San Antonio is scheduled to host Dallas on April 7th at the AT&T Center. The
Spurs are 2-1 against the Mavericks this season.