SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs look to rebound from a rough road loss and extend their home-court winning streak to 45 games when they host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
The Spurs have won all 35 games at the AT&T Center in 2015-16 and would pass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the second-longest regular-season win streak over multiple campaigns with a victory.
San Antonio is off its best start in franchise history through 70 games (59-11), but comes in off blowing a 23-point lead in a 91-88 loss at Charlotte on Monday. The Spurs will go after their seventh straight win over the Heat – including the 2014 finals -- after shooting 52.8 percent from the field while recording a 119-101 triumph on Feb. 9.
Miami moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with a 113-99 win at New Orleans on Tuesday as veteran guard Dwyane Wade produced his second straight big scoring night with 25 points.
“What’s great about it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters, “is the last couple of games the ball has been finding energy, and (Wade) has been the energy.”
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ABOUT THE HEAT (41-29): Miami plays four straight teams with sub-.500 records after taking on the Spurs and has scored at least 100 points in 11 consecutive games this month -- going 9-3 in the last 12 contests overall. Center Hassan Whiteside has played a big part in the resurgence, with All-Star forward Chris Bosh still sitting out while dealing with blood clots, posting eight double-doubles in the past nine encounters. Guard Goran Dragic has also raised his game over the last month, recording at least 20 points in seven of 16 contests.
ABOUT THE SPURS (59-11): LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points in the earlier meeting with Miami and is averaging 22 over the last three games overall to push his season mark to 17.9. Kawhi Leonard (20.8) tops the team in scoring – averaging 22.7 this month – and has grabbed 20 rebounds in the last two games combined. Point guard Tony Parker contributed a team-high 19 points and seven assists on Monday, but backcourt partner Danny Green was 0-for-7 from the field and is shooting 32.4 percent from the field in March.
1. San Antonio C Tim Duncan moved into 10th on the NBA’s all-time list in minutes played (47,147) after notching a double-double in 31 minutes Monday.
2. Miami PF Amar’e Stoudemire registered a season-high 16 points in Tuesday’s victory, scoring in double figures for the first time since March 4.
3. The Spurs lead the league in scoring defense (92.3) and opponents’ field-goal percentage against (43.1).