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Spurs return home to face Utah

(SportsNetwork.com) - After claiming victory along the shores of the Crescent City, the San Antonio Spurs return to the AT&T Center Wednesday to open a four-game homestand versus the Utah Jazz.

The Spurs handed the New Orleans Pelicans a 101-95 setback Monday night for their fifth straight win and eighth in the last nine tries. Tony Parker was at it again with 27 points and handed out seven assists for the Spurs, who shot 52.2 percent from the floor and got 18 points and nine rebounds from Tim Duncan before he fouled out with about six minutes left.

"I was in attack mode," Parker said. "When I saw TD (Duncan) go out, I knew I was going to be aggressive and try to create for myself or for my teammates."

Manu Ginobili returned from a two-game absence because of a hamstring issue and scored 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Kawhi Leonard and Marco Belinelli ended with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

San Antonio guard Danny Green missed his first game with a fractured finger in his left hand and is expected to miss about four weeks.

The Spurs are 24-0 when leading after three quarters and will also host Portland, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City on this homestand. They have won three straight in the Alamo City and sport a 15-5 mark as the host.

Utah went 2-1 on a recent homestand and is scheduled to play three in a row on the road against San Antonio, Detroit and Minnesota.

The Jazz won for the fourth time in six tries with Monday's 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets, as Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points on 13- of-19 shooting to lead five players in double figures. Burks picked up the slack for leading scorer Gordon Hayward, who has missed back-to-back games with a hip injury and is averaging 17.1 ppg. He is probable Wednesday.

"It was a good effort for everybody. I happened to make some shots. It was a great game and we got the win," Burks said.

Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds, Trey Burke tallied 18 points and eight assists and Richard Jefferson chipped in 16 points for Utah. The Jazz made 55.7 percent of their shots and claimed victory No. 100 for head coach Tyrone Corbin (100-115).

The Jazz lost the first two meetings of the season against the Spurs -- both in Salt Lake City -- and will visit the Alamo City again on March 16. The Spurs have won three straight and 14 of the past 20 contests with Utah, which has dropped five in a row and 25 of the last 27 encounters in Texas.

Favors is averaging 13.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games versus the Spurs this season. Duncan is posting an average of 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two matchups with the Jazz, and Parker is averaging 18.5 ppg in that span.

01/15 10:13:16 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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Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
 
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
8th
TAM 11
NYY 5
 
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
 
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
7th
COL 9
PHI 1
 
2nd
OAK 7
HOU 0
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
1st
ANA 1
DAL 1
 
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3