Minnesota (20-21) at San Antonio (33-10)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Jan 28, 2006
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The defending NBA champion and Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs look for their seventh win in eight games, when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

The game will mark the Spurs’ last at home—where they are 20-3 this season — before embarking on a season-high eight-game road trip due to a rodeo at AT&T Arena.

San Antonio shut down the New Orleans Hornets 84-68 on Wednesday in its best defensive effort since an 83-67 win over the Hornets on Dec. 17, 2004.

“It was a surprising night. Defensively, we were solid,” said Spurs forward Tim Duncan. “We were very good. They were driving and jumping up into us a whole lot. I thought we did a great job of keeping them back and not giving them fouls.”

Duncan scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds against the Hornets, despite a sore foot. The three-time NBA Finals MVP leads the team with a career-low average of 20.0 points and 11.4 rebounds on the season.

Point guard Tony Parker’s 14 points in the win over the Hornets was his highest output in three games. He is averaging 19.2 points per game this season with a team-leading 5.4 assists, but only five assists in the last two games combined.

Shooting guard Manu Ginobili may return to action after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. He suffered the injury in a 101-94 win over Miami on Jan. 20.

San Antonio leads the NBA with a 58-6 home record in the last two seasons, but have dropped two of their last five at home.

The Spurs have won four in a row at home against the Timberwolves, with their last setback coming on Jan. 14, 2004, in a 100-93 loss.

Kevin Garnett and newcomer Ricky Davis each scored 26 points to give the Timberwolves a 96-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

Davis’ performance came a day after being traded from the Boston Celtics in a seven-player deal. Minnesota acquired center Mark Blount, guard Marcus Banks, forward Justin Reed, and two conditional second-round draft picks for forward Wally Szczerbiak, center Michael Olowokandi, and swingman Dwayne Jones plus a future first-round selection that is lottery protected to Boston.

“I’ve wanted to be here for the last five years,” Davis said after his Timberwolves debut. “(Minnesota vice president of operations) Kevin McHale has been working to get me and I hope to pay him back for his confidence in me.”

Garnett is averaging a double-double for his eighth straight season. He has scored 20.2 points with 10.6 rebounds in 40 career games against the Spurs.

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