Tuesday , Feb , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets, Spurs clash in San Antonio

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs have recovered from their eight-game
road trip and return to the AT&T Center this evening to host the Denver
Nuggets.

San Antonio, which is second in the Southwest standings, went 4-4 on the swing
and has won two straight, including last Wednesday’s 90-81 win over the
Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tim Duncan scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Manu Ginobili
added 20 points to help end Detroit’s seven-game winning streak. Tony Parker
netted 16 points and dished out eight assists for the Spurs, who will now work
on their 16-8 home record.

Duncan had four points and five rebounds, while Parker added eight points and
10 assists in Sunday’s win for the West in the 56th All-Star Game.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets had a three-game winning streak come to an with a 99-94
loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 14 at the Target Center.

All-Star Carmelo Anthony left the game with a bruised right thigh but returned
to score 28 points. Nene scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who are 12-11 away
from the Pepsi Center this season.

Anthony recorded 20 points and nine boards for the West on Sunday.

Denver played Minnesota without All-Star guard Allen Iverson, who has eight
out of the Nuggets last nine games with a sprained ankle. Iverson, who is
questionable for tonight, skipped Sunday’s All-Star Game in Las Vegas due to
the injury. The Nuggets are 4-4 in the stretch without Iverson, who is
probable for tonight’s contest.

Tuesday’s matchup between Denver and San Antonio is the second of three
meetings this season. The Spurs won the first encounter, 92-83, on January 10
at the Pepsi Center.

Denver has won four of the last seven meetings, but has dropped nine of 11 and
16 of its last 19 trips to San Antonio.

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