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Saturday, March 29th (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (32-40) at San Antonio Spurs (56-16), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs can match their franchise's longest winning streak with a win Saturday night at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Spurs have won 16 in a row, which is the longest winning streak so far in the NBA this season. It is one off of the Spurs' record run from the 1995-96 season.

"We don't think about that," Marco Belinelli said of the Spurs streak. "We know where we want to be. It's good to win 16 games in a row but at the same time every day, every game we want to be a better team and try to be ready for the playoffs."

San Antonio's streak reached 16 games with a 133-102 demolishing of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center Friday night.

Belinelli scored 27 points to the lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan netted 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Spurs, who snapped Denver's five-game home winning streak.

Tony Parker was limited to four points on 2-of-9 shooting, but Tiago Splitter filled the stat sheet with eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Kawhi Leonard scored 14 for the Spurs.

Danny Green sat out the victory due to right foot inflammation and his availability for Saturday is unknown.

The Pelicans are on a run of their own, just about one-third the length of San Antonio's. New Orleans has won five straight, including a perfect 4-0 homestand, which ended in a 102-95 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday night.

Tyreke Evans supplied 22 points and a career-high 15 assists. Anthony Morrow registered 20 points, while Al-Farouq Aminu added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Pelicans.

The Jazz only scored 38 points in the first half, but managed 57 over the final 24 minutes. The good news for the Pelicans was they scored 59 in final two quarters to seal the outcome.

"Different guys stepped up again and our defense was a lot better in the first (half) than the second for sure, but it was good enough to win the game," New Orleans head coach Monty Williams said.

The Pelicans knocked off some pretty high-caliber squads during this undefeated residency. New Orleans bested the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers before besting the Jazz.

New Orleans hosts the Sacramento Kings on Monday, then hits the road for three straight.

The Spurs have won all three meetings against the Pelicans this season and four straight over their Southwest Division foes. San Antonio has taken six in a row as the host in this series and 17 of the last 19.

03/29 10:25:23 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 35
NOP 37
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
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GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 65
IDST 63
 
2nd
RIDE 57
MRGST 46
 
2nd
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 50
APP 45
 
2nd
MISS 47
CCAR 51
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
2nd
BRAD 57
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 36
 
2nd
JST 44
SMISS 22
 
Half
SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 19
LSU 14
 
1st
EVAN 13
OHIO 15
 
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CSFU
CSDH
 
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ORST
DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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SJS
EDM
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LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 7