76ers-Spurs Preview

The San Antonio Spurs appear to be in position to extend their

best start since 2007-08.

The Spurs (6-1) will look for their seventh consecutive home

victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at the

AT&T Center.

Since 1986-87, the Spurs are third in the NBA with 712 home

wins, and are 22-1 against the 76ers in San Antonio, holding them

to 91.5 points per game.

The Spurs improved to 3-1 at home this season following a 107-95

win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Richard Jefferson

and Manu Ginobili led the way with 22 points apiece and combined to

go 7 for 12 from 3-point range.

Two nights earlier, Jefferson missed all three of his

3-pointers, and scored a season-low six in a 95-91 win at

Charlotte.

“I had some good looks the other night and the team has been off

to a hot start shooting,” Jefferson said. “Tonight I just wanted to

come out and be aggressive and not let one game affect my

mentality. I want to show that this is the way we’re going to play

all season.”

After shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc in 2009-10, San

Antonio is connecting on an NBA-best 42.5 percent this season.

However, the Spurs could struggle from long distance against

Philadelphia, which has limited opponents to 20.6 percent in its

last four games.

Tim Duncan, who is averaging a career-low 15.4 points,

experienced flu-like symptoms prior to Wednesday’s game and scored

a season-low six points

The 12-time All-Star and two-time MVP could bounce back against

the 76ers. He’s averaging 21.8 points in 25 games when facing

them.

Tony Parker leads the Spurs with 8.4 assists per game and knows

they can’t afford to overlook the struggling 76ers (2-7).

“(Jrue Holiday) is a pretty good point guard, talented, he’s

young, so I’m definitely going to have to match his energy,” Parker

said. “He’s been solid.”

Holiday scored 11 points and matched a season-high with 13

assists in Philadelphia’s 99-90 loss in Dallas on Friday.

“Their size killed us. At the end of the day, it was their

size,” said 76ers coach Doug Collins, whose team allowed a season

worst-tying 16 offensive rebounds.

Andre Iguodala, who has led the 76ers in scoring each of the

previous four seasons, had 13 points and seven rebounds after

missing two games with a strained right Achilles’ tendon. Iguodala

is averaging 23.0 points in his last four contests in San

Antonio.

Elton Brand, who leads Philadelphia with 17.2 points per game,

was held to a season-low eight against the Mavericks. He’s averaged

17.7 points with 12 double-doubles against the Spurs over his

career.

San Antonio is averaging 110.8 points at home – up from 101.3 on

the road.

The Spurs will likely miss the presence of James Anderson, who

has connected on 10 of 20 three-pointers this season. San Antonio’s

2010 first-round pick from Oklahoma State is expected to miss up to

six weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Not one player remains from the Philadelphia roster that

triumphed in San Antonio 83-77 on Jan. 3, 2004 – its only win on

the Spurs’ home court in the last 24 seasons.