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Old 12-03-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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The San Antonio Spurs took advantage of an easy portion in their schedule to get on track after a poor start to the season.

Things are about to get much tougher.

The Spurs host the Boston Celtics on Thursday as both teams go for their sixth straight win.

San Antonio (9-6) lost six of its first 10 games to post the worst start in the Tim Duncan era.

An ankle injury caused Duncan to miss two victories during that stretch, but he's been a key factor during the current five-game winning streak, averaging 20.6 points and 9.8 rebounds. He's led the team in scoring in three of the wins, including a 97-89 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Spurs haven't won six in a row since Dec. 4-14, 2008.

Boston brings its own five-game winning streak into San Antonio as it continues a four-game road trip. The Celtics beat Charlotte 108-90 on Tuesday behind Ray Allen's best performance of the season.

Allen came in averaging 15.2 points but finished with 27 - he scored more than 20 in only one other game all season - and hit five of his six 3-point attempts. He had been 7 for 27 from beyond the arc in the previous six games.

"I put some baby oil on the rim," Allen said, smiling. "I said earlier I had to just put it in, just swish the ball, not even mess around with the rim. It's really all a body thing, just getting your legs in the air and being consistent."

Boston and San Antonio split their two games last season with each winning on the other team's court. The Celtics have won three in a row at the AT&T Center.


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