New York (15-40) at San Antonio (43-12)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Mon Feb 27, 2006
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The San Antonio Spurs hope to move back into a tie for the best record in the Western Conference when they host the New York Knicks, who have the fewest road wins in the NBA.

The Spurs, who at 23-3 have the fewest home losses in the conference, won their fourth in a row at the AT&T Center on Saturday night, 92-75 over Golden State. San Antonio held the Warriors to 33.7 percent shooting, the second straight home game that the Spurs have held their opponent under 35 percent.

Center Nazr Mohammed, starting his third straight game in place of Rasho Nesterovic, had 15 points and 14 rebounds and led six Spurs who scored in double figures.

“I’m just happy to be out there and getting more of an opportunity to play,” said Mohammed, averaging 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in the last three games. “You know, when it comes right down to it, one of us or both of us are going to have to play well to compete for another championship.”

Tim Duncan struggled, scoring a season-low nine points on 4-of-17 shooting, but grabbed 16 rebounds for the third straight game. Duncan had just 13 points and four rebounds in his last game against the Knicks, a 109-96 San Antonio win Dec. 21.

Although the Spurs have won three in a row and eight of 10, they remain one game behind Southwest Divison rival Dallas, winner of five straight and nine of 10, for the West lead. The Mavericks host Philadelphia on Monday night.

Spurs guard Tony Parker, averaging 23.0 points on 63.0 percent shooting in his last three home games, had 18 points and 10 assists in the first meeting with New York.

The Spurs have won their last two home matchups with the Knicks.

New York is coming off a 110-89 loss at Washington on Saturday night, its 10th consecutive road defeat. The Knicks haven’t lost 11 in a row on the road in a season since a franchise-record 18-game skid from Dec. 3, 1987-Feb. 22, 1988.

New York committed 27 turnovers Saturday and is averaging 19.8 turnovers during its road losing streak.

Steve Francis scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in his second game as a Knick, while Quentin Richardson and Jackie Butler had 10 points apiece for New York, who dropped to 4-23 away from MSG.

Point guard Stephon Marbury left with 55 seconds remaining in the first half and did not return. Marbury, who topped the Knicks with 15 points, has been bothered by a recurring left shoulder injury that forced him to miss 11 games earlier in the season.

“Yeah, I got hit again,” Marbury said. “I was trying to front Antawn Jamison, but I had got hit prior to that. I think when I tried to front, I tried to push off, and that’s when I really aggravated it.

“I was starting to get back into a nice little rhythm, as far as shooting the ball and as far as attacking. Going to the basket, I just was like: If I get hit, I get hit. But I took another step backwards tonight.”

The Knicks were 1-10 without Marbury before the All-Star break.

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