Spurs Remain Perfect on the Road


Tuesday, November 21st 2006, 6:33 am
By: News On 6


It shapes up as a late-November treat: San Antonio at Utah, coming next week. The Spurs haven't lost on the road. The Jazz are nearly perfect no matter where they play.

San Antonio improved to 6-0 away from home Monday night with a 107-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Tim Duncan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Manu Ginobili had 18 of his 25 in the fourth.

The Spurs completed a tough back-to-back out West after beating Sacramento on Sunday night.

``We are really playing better on the road than at home,'' Ginobili said. ``We have a better mentality. We grind games out for 48 minutes.''

The Spurs return home for games against Miami and archrival Dallas before a three-game trip that ends with a visit to Salt Lake City on Nov. 29.

The Jazz won again Monday, rallying past the Toronto Raptors 101-96 for their 10th victory in 11 games and the best start in franchise history.

Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 35 points on his 25th birthday for the Jazz, 6-0 at the Delta Center.

``We're having fun. I think you could see that out there in the fourth quarter with the fans going crazy,'' said Boozer, who made 14 of 16 field goals and grabbed nine rebounds.

In other games, it was: Dallas 93, Charlotte 85; Houston 97, New York 90; Memphis 95, Orlando 86; Seattle 99, New Jersey 87; and Phoenix 113, Golden State 110.

Boozer's birthday wasn't the only thing to celebrate in Salt Lake City. Jerry Sloan earned his 900th win as coach of the Jazz, improving to 900-538 with Utah and 994-659 overall.

``It really doesn't mean anything,'' he said. ``That's the way I've always played this game, and always thought about it. I'm just here as a coach, but it is a players' game. It always has been and always will be.''

Suns 113, Warriors 110

At Oakland, Calif., Steve Nash hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left, and Phoenix rallied in a thrilling fourth quarter to snap Golden State's five-game winning streak.

Raja Bell scored all of his 22 points after halftime, and Shawn Marion added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Suns finally earned their first win in five road games this season. Nash had 19 points and 15 assists.

Monta Ellis scored 31 points to match his career high for the second straight game. The Warriors played without injured star Baron Davis, who rested his sore ribcage muscles.

Mavericks 93, Bobcats 85

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored five straight points in a late run as Dallas held off Charlotte for its sixth straight win.

Devin Harris added 17 points and Jerry Stackhouse returned after missing a game with a strained groin to score 15 for the Mavericks, who started 0-4.

Emeka Okafor had 22 points, 13 rebounds and set a team record with eight blocks. Gerald Wallace scored 21 points for the Bobcats, who have lost six of seven.

Rockets 97, Knicks 90

At New York, Yao Ming had 26 points and nine rebounds in another strong game against the Knicks, and Tracy McGrady added 24 points.

Rafer Alston finished with 17 points for the Rockets, who beat the Knicks for the fifth straight time, their longest winning streak ever during the series. Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy improved to 7-1 against his former team.

Grizzlies 95, Magic 86

At Memphis, Tenn., Hakim Warrick scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Dwight Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, his third 20-20 game out of the Magic's first 11.

Grant Hill added 16 for Orlando, which had won four straight.

SuperSonics 99, Nets 87

At Seattle, Ray Allen scored 29 points and Rashard Lewis came alive in the fourth quarter with the rest of the SuperSonics.

Lewis scored 10 of his 20 points in the final quarter, when Seattle outscored New Jersey 33-17. The Sonics (5-7) ended a three-game losing streak.

Vince Carter led the Nets with 27 points, but also had eight turnovers.