Spurs host Pelicans on Wednesday, attempt to keep home streak alive
New Orleans has won four of the last five meetings
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs attempt to win their 27th consecutive home game this season when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
San Antonio has recorded 35 straight home wins dating back to last season, the sixth-best streak in NBA history.
New Orleans has enjoyed success of late against the Spurs by winning four of the past five meetings, including a 104-90 home victory on Nov. 20. The Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 games but suffered a 110-95 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. San Antonio is 2-2 over its last four overall games but kept its home streak intact with a 107-92 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.
"We need to improve on our consistency and being able to play the 48 minutes, no matter who we play," Spurs point guard Patty Mills told reporters. "Whether it was Cleveland, Orlando, or whoever it is, and that’s stuff that we can control. Getting into All-Star break here soon and the rest of the season, that’s definitely a focus."
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ABOUT THE PELICANS (18-29): Point guard Tyreke Evans (knee) has missed three straight games and Norris Cole has stepped up to take advantage of the increased playing time, including a season-high 23 points against the Grizzlies. Cole is averaging 17.3 points and seven assists over the three-game span and was the team's lone productive guard against Memphis as backup point guard Jrue Holiday had four points on 1-of-14 shooting. Power forward Anthony Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds against the Grizzlies and has scored 20 or more points in eight of his past nine outings.
ABOUT THE SPURS (40-8): All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (28 points) and Mills (22) both were 9-of-13 from the field and combined for nearly half the San Antonio points against Orlando. The output represented a season high for Aldridge - who is averaging 22.7 points on 25-of-37 shooting over the past three contests - and matched a season best for Mills.
"Great job from LaMarcus in his leadership," Mills told reporters afterward. "Playing off his confidence (and Orlando) having to adjust to him and opening up for other people."
1. The Pelicans are just 4-20 at San Antonio with one of the victories occurring last season.
2. New Orleans backup SF Ryan Anderson scored 30 points and made six 3-pointers in the November victory over the Spurs.
3. San Antonio C Tim Duncan (knee) is expected to miss his fifth straight game and sixth in the past seven.