Tuesday , Apr , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs fighting for top spot in Western Conference

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs (59-18) own a slim one-half
game lead over the Dallas Mavericks for first place in the Southwest
Division and the top spot in the Western Conference.

San Antonio will try to stay on top of the division and the West on Tuesday
when they host the streaking Seattle SuperSonics at the AT&T Center. It is the
third meeting of the campaign between the clubs. Both squads picked up a win
at home in the two previous contests.

Seattle has lost two straight and five of its last six at San Antonio.

San Antonio plays the fourth of a five-game homestand against. On Sunday, Tim
Duncan scored 23 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and altered Pau Gasol’s
potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds, as the Spurs held on for an
83-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on their homecourt.

Tony Parker finished with 19 points for San Antonio, which played without Manu
Ginobili (left calf contusion). With the win over Memphis, the Spurs avoided
their first three-game skid since March 2005.

Ginobili, who is averaging 15.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists this
season, is probable for Tuesday’s contest, while forward Robert Horry
(personal) is expected to miss the game.

The Spurs are an impressive 32-6 at home this season. San Antonio will wrap up
the current homestand on Thursday against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.

San Antonio is scheduled to play three of its final five games at the
AT&T Center. Besides the SuperSonics and Orlando, the Spurs will host the Utah
Jazz on April 17th.

The Spurs final two road contests are against the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Sunday at the Target Center and the Houston Rockets on April 19th at the
Toyota Center.

Parker leads the Spurs in scoring (19.1 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg), while
Duncan, who is the team’s second leading scorer (18.6 ppg), is San Antonio’s
to rebounder at 11.1 boards per game.