Wednesday , Jan , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs need veterans to step up

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs are a veteran club that has been put
together to win now. They are in second place and trail the defending Western
Conference champion and first place Dallas Mavericks by 4 1/2 games in the
Southwest Division.

All-Stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are leading the Spurs once again. Duncan
leads the squad in scoring (19.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg), while Parker,
who is second on the team in scoring at 19.2 points per game, has dished out a
club-high 5.6 assists per contest.

The Los Angeles Lakers attempt to extend their winning streak to three games
when they visit the Spurs on Wednesday evening at the AT&T Center. It is the
second meeting of the season between the squads. On December 10th, superstar
Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead
the Lakers past San Antonio, 106-99, at the Staples Center.

These two teams have split the last six meetings at San Antonio. The Lakers
have won two of the last three contests in this series.

San Antonio tries to get back on the winning track against the Lakers. On
Monday, Kirk Hinrich paced five Bulls players in double figures with 23 points
to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists as Chicago defeated the Spurs,
99-87, at the United Center.

Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Duncan netted 21 and pulled down 16
rebounds in the loss to Chicago for the Spurs, who had a four-game winning
streak halted. Bruce Bowen and Michael Finley both ended with 10 points in
defeat.

The Spurs are 14-6 at home this season. They will host the injury-riddled
Hornets on Friday. San Antonio defeated the Hornets on the road twice this
season.

San Antonio is 18-3 when it scores 100 or more points this season. The Spurs
are 1-4 when their opponent reaches the century mark.

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