Spurs aim to clinch division, top seed in West
(Sports Network) – The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs continue to
prepare for the upcoming postseason, as they welcome the Utah Jazz to the AT&T
San Antonio can win the Southwest Division and will be the top seed in the
Western Conference playoffs with a win tonight.
The Spurs have won the two contests between the clubs this season. Utah has
lost 13 straight after winning its last two at San Antonio.
The last time the Jazz won in San Antonio was on February 28, 1999.
San Antonio, which has won three of its last four games overall, will try and
make it back-to-back victories this evening. On Sunday, Beno Udrih led the way
with 15 points to lead the Spurs over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-90,
at the Target Center.
Manu Ginobili and Brent Barry both scored 14 points, while Tony Parker
contributed 11 points and Tim Duncan netted 10 and grabbed eight rebounds in
The Spurs are an impressive 33-7 at home this season. San Antonio is scheduled
to closeout the regular on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota
Utah plays the finale of a three-game road trip. On Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki
ended with 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mavericks to a 111-95 win
over the Jazz at American Airlines Center.
Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to Dallas for the
Jazz, who were eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race due to
their loss and Sacramento’s win against the Hornets on Sunday.
Mehmet Okur finished with 17 points and rookie Deron Williams scored 16 and
dished out nine assists for Utah, which had a five-game winning streak halted.
The Jazz are 19-21 on the road this season. They finish the 2005-06 campaign
on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors at the Delta Center.