The San Antonio Spurs look to take advantage of their dominance at home before they embark on a season-high seven-game road trip.
San Antonio, boasting the best home record in the NBA, will try its 15th straight victory at the SBC Center when it faces the struggling New Orleans Hornets.
The Spurs’ only loss at home this season was a 102-96 defeat to Seattle on Dec. 8. They have won 14 straight since in San Antonio, including a 90-80 victory over Sacramento on Thursday.
San Antonio, which leads the league in scoring defense (86.1) and is second in field-goal percentage defense (41.7), entered the game allowing just 39 percent at home. The Kings shot 42.9 percent for the game and trailed by one with 5:06 left but the Spurs clamped down as Sacramento missed nine of its last 10 shots.
“The only way we are going to win this game is to play good (defense),” San Antonio’s Robert Horry said. “We were very fortunate that we contested shots and they missed those shots.”
Manu Ginobili scored 25 points and Tim Duncan had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, whose longest home winning streak is 22 in a row from March 27-Dec. 11, 1999. Bruce Bowen had 14 points and point guard Tony Parker added 12 points and seven assists for San Antonio.
The Hornets have won six of their last 11 games and are just percentage points behind the Atlanta Hawks (8-33) for worst record in the league. P.J. Brown scored six of his season-high 20 points in overtime and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift New Orleans to a 99-95 win over Philadelphia on Friday.
Dan Dickau had 19 points and a career-high 16 assists for the Hornets, who got their fourth victory in five home games but have lost four straight on the road. The 6-foot point guard is averaging 19.6 points and 7.8 assists over his last six games.
New Orleans hopes Dickau keeps up his strong play after placing guard Baron Davis on the injured list for the second time this season, this time with a bruised right Achilles’ tendon.
Davis, who has missed 25 games, missed a 19-game stretch spanning part of November and December with an inflamed disc in his lower back. He has averaged team highs of 19.7 points and 7.3 assists in 17 games with the Hornets this season.
The Spurs, who have won five of their last seven overall, lead the all-time series 21-13.