SPURS AT 76ERS, 7 P.M. ET

TV: TNT

  • The Spurs will be without guard Manu Ginobili, who is recovering from a Grade 1 left hamstring strain.
  • The Spurs have won four straight games and bring a 14-9 road mark into Monday’s game at Philadelphia. San Antonio’s road winning percentage of .609 (14-9) ranks fourth in the NBA.
  • San Antonio ranks first in the league in assists (25.2 per game), their highest since the 1995-96 season (24.9).
  • Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter are the only Spurs to appear in all 41 games this season.
  • Spurs guard Gary Neal  is averaging a career-high 10.3 points per game and has started a career-best 16 games. Neal has scored in double figures 15 times and has topped 20 points five times. He scored a career-high 29 points at Houston Dec. 10.
  • The Spurs are playing their 44th game, the most of any team thus far. “It’s been a tough beginning, travel-wise,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We’re getting to be a pretty tired team.”
  • Sixers guard Jason Richardson is out with left knee synovitis. Dorell Wright will start in his place.
  • Injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum met with reporters one hour before tip-off and said he still hopes to return somewhere around the All-Star break from Feb. 15-17. Bynum has been sidelined all season with bilateral bone bruises on both knees. Bynum said his knees “feel good” and he participated in shootaround Monday morning.
  • Sixers guard Jrue Holiday is making a strong pitch for his first career All-Star berth. He has scored at least 29 points in each of the last three games, the longest by a Philadelphia player since a five-game span by Allen Iverson from Nov. 18-Dec. 2, 2006.
  • Sixers center Spencer Hawes has scored 10 or more points in 14 of the last 20 games after doing so five times in the first 20 games.
  • The Sixers will officially hit the halfway mark of the 82-game season. They began the night three games behind the Boston Celtics for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Sixers are 15-0 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter this season and 2-23 when tied or trailing.
  • Sixers coach Doug Collins, on the Spurs: “This is precision at its finest. They execute as well as any team in the league.”

– Andy Jasner

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