Milwaukee (12-20) at San Antonio (28-8)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Wed Jan 12, 2005
  • TV: WCGV, FSSW
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Boasting the NBA’s best home record, the San Antonio Spurs will try to make it 15 wins in a row over Eastern Conference opponents at the SBC Center as they host the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Spurs, owners of the second-best overall mark in the league, are 17-1 at home this season. The lone defeat was a 102-96 setback to Northwest Division-leading Seattle on Dec. 8.

San Antonio is 8-0 at home against the East this season, and has won 14 in a row against interconference opponents. The Spurs’ last loss to a team from the East came on Jan. 24, 2004, when Philadelphia edged them 98-96.

The Spurs come in off a 97-96 loss at Utah on Monday, just their second defeat in the last 10 games.

Tim Duncan had 24 points and 13 rebounds for his 27th double-double of the season. He is second in the NBA in that category, behind Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett (31).

Tony Parker added 20 points and five assists, and Manu Ginobli chipped in 18 points for San Antonio, which shot at least 50 percent for the third straight game.

Parker, who averages 15.2 points for the season, has scored 22 per game in his last three, hitting 67 percent (26-for-39) from the field. The point guard was 4-of-13 with nine total points in two games prior to the hot stretch.

The Spurs are surrendering a league-low 86 points per game, and will face a Milwaukee team coming off a 103-80 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday.

The Bucks allowed the Hawks to shoot a season-high 55.1 percent and had their three-game winning streak halted in a matchup of last-place teams.

Mike James led the Bucks with 14 points, while leading scorer Michael Redd was held to 10—12 below his season average.

Keith Van Horn scored 10 points in his first game since Dec. 1. Van Horn, the Bucks’ third-leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, had missed the previous 18 games with right ankle tendinitis. He didn’t start, but came off the bench in the first quarter and played 15 minutes.

The Bucks played most of Tuesday’s game without Dan Gadzuric, who was taken to an area hospital after feeling lightheaded and complaining of stomach pain. The starting center, who averages 7.2 rebounds, played only six minutes. He grabbed two boards.

Gadzuric underwent tests and was discharged from the hospital, Bucks spokesman Matt Wessel said. His status for Wednesday’s game is unknown.

The Bucks are 3-4 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.

The Spurs are 20-10 all-time at home against the Bucks, and have won four of the last five meetings overall, including a 104-83 road victory on Dec. 4.

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