Portland (14-21) at San Antonio (24-11)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Tue Jan 9, 2007
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The San Antonio Spurs snapped a three-game losing streak without Tony Parker, but they’d like to have their All-Star point guard back in the lineup as soon as possible.

With Parker dealing with a strained right hip, the Spurs host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

Parker is listed as day-to-day after sitting out Sunday’s 110-96 win at Memphis, which ended San Antonio’s season-high skid. Parker, averaging 19.7 points and 5.9 assists, was replaced in the starting lineup by Beno Udrih, who made the sixth start of his three-year career.

“It’s kind of tight and he’s having a hard time pushing off,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Parker’s injury. “It’s not long term. I don’t know if it’s one game or two games or what the deal is.”

Without Parker, San Antonio (24-11) turned to Manu Ginobili, who scored a season-high 34 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including a career-best six 3-pointers.

“I only knew about Tony just before the game,” said Ginobili, who’s averaging 28.3 points in his last three contests. “I don’t think I had so many more touches (with Parker out), I just happened to make every shot.”

San Antonio now returns home, where it’s lost three of its past five games. The Spurs have already lost six times at AT&T Center after dropping only 10 games combined in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

However, the Spurs have dominated Portland this decade, both home and away. They’ve won six straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in San Antonio and six in a row and 13 of the last 14 overall in the series, including a 107-98 win in Portland on Nov. 20.

Ginobili and Tim Duncan each had 25 points in that contest for San Antonio, which shot 53.5 percent from the field.

The Blazers (14-21) lost 93-90 to Miami on Sunday, their fifth defeat in six games. Brandon Roy led Portland with 18 points, but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer came up short.

Portland led by eight at halftime, but struggled in the second half. The Heat also took advantage by getting to the free-throw line 30 times while the Blazers had only seven attempts.

“We stopped moving the ball,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “We had 18 assists in the first half and only six in the second half.”

Portland has been held under 100 points five times in the last six games, the only exception being a 110-105 overtime victory over Sacramento on Saturday.

“We had control of that game,” Roy said after Sunday’s loss. “We were playing really good basketball in the first half, but our offense just slowed down a lot. We got a good taste of a good team, now we have two really good teams coming up.”

After this contest, the Blazers visit Dallas on Wednesday. The Mavericks have the league’s best record at 27-8 while the Spurs have the fourth-best record.

Portland has won four of its last six road games after a 3-8 start away from home.

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