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Sunday, January 12th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (18-18) at San Antonio Spurs (28-8), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of high-scoring Western Conference inhabitants collide Sunday in the Alamo City, as the San Antonio Spurs battle the Minnesota Timberwolves at the AT&T Center.

The Timberwolves are second in the NBA with 107.6 points per game and the Spurs aren't too far off with 104.8 ppg. The Wolves are allowing 102.4 ppg and will face a San Antonio squad that has posted 100 or more points in seven straight games and is giving up only 96.7 ppg.

San Antonio has won three in a row and six of its last seven, including Wednesday's 112-90 victory over the rival Dallas Mavericks. Tony Parker finished with 25 points and seven assists and Tim Duncan registered his 14th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Spurs top reserve Manu Ginobili missed the Dallas game with a leg issue and is questionable Sunday.

"That is why they are the Spurs. ... They are used to winning with key players out," Mavs forward Brandan Wright said.

Marco Belinelli scored 17 points off the bench for the Spurs, who improved to 14-5 at home and exploded for 37 points on 13-of-16 shooting in the third quarter. The Spurs held Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting and have won seven in a row against Dallas.

San Antonio is now a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games and is coming off Friday's 119-92 victory versus the Charlotte Bobcats. Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points and Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolves, who got 19 points from Kevin Martin and shot 54.5 percent.

"He (Nikola Pekovic) played really well. He got great position and we really had good ball movement tonight. The ball really didn't stop. Pek was doing a great job at making (Al) Jefferson work," said Wolves coach Rick Adelman.

The T'Wolves held a 68-48 lead at halftime and made 59 percent of their shots in the first half. Their largest lead of the night was 88-57.

Minnesota will shoot for its third straight win on the road and has a 7-11 mark away from the Target Center. It is 12-2 this season when allowing less than 100 points, but 0-7 when failing to reach that mark.

The Wolves haven't been above .500 since Nov. 25 and suffered a 117-110 loss at San Antonio on Dec. 13. The Spurs are 25-5 in the last 30 meetings with Minnesota and 17-1 in the previous 18 matchups at home.

01/12 10:18:02 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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