SAN ANTONIO — Bill Howey didn’t rule out the possibility of the San Antonio team getting back to the NBA Finals this season.
The Spurs have won two in a row, and Howey isn’t averse to being positive.
“It’s a little bit of a different mindset,” Howey said.
“When you’re on the road, you get a little more motivated.
We’ve done that in the past, but this is our fourth time playing here, and we’re just going to go out there and try to get a win.”
The Spurs are one win away from their fourth straight postseason appearance, and that’s the expectation heading into the game.
They’ve won 11 straight home games over the last six months, including four straight in the last five games.
“We’ve just got to go in there and do what we do, and go out and win,” Howes coach said.
San Antonio will have its hands full against the Miami Heat, who have won 10 straight on the West Coast.
The Heat have won seven straight on their own home court.
“They’re a good team,” Howe said.
He added: “We know how to win when we play the right way.”
San Antonio, which is 13-3 at home, has lost nine of its last 11 against Miami.
It has lost five straight in Miami since winning its first game at the United Center in 2017-18.
The home team has won three of the last four.
The Spurs won 89-77 in overtime on March 24 to beat the Heat for their first victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.
That game was the third time in six days that the Spurs won the game when Miami was trailing by as many as 20 points.
San Antonio had won two straight in overtime, but won just two of its previous 11 games when trailing by more than 10.
It hasn’t lost back-to-back games at home since March 23-26.
Howes has a 6.4-point lead over Miami for the NBA’s best home record, and he had a career-high 38 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Sunday’s 110-97 victory.
Tim Duncan had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
San Antonios is 4-1 on the season when winning at home.
“You have to play the way you want to play, because we’re a team that has a lot of toughness and we’ll fight tooth and nail,” Duncan said.
San Antonios, which has lost three straight in San Antonio, is 8-7 away from home.
It is 5-2 at home against the Spurs this season, including 3-2 in the first six meetings.
San Antoneshas won three straight at home in 2014-15 and three straight from April 1-18, 2012.
It won four straight at the US Bank Arena in 2012-13 and four straight from March 7-17, 2012, and won three in a span of four games from March 12-22, 2012 and two from May 21-26, 2011.
It’s the first time the Spurs have lost three in one season since April 4, 2003.
SanAntoneshas lost three of four when trailing at halftime and has scored at least 30 points in each of its past three.
The last time it lost three consecutive home games was Oct. 3-5, 2010.
The next time was Oct 17-20, 2009.
SanAnthony had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the loss to the Heat, but he had just five points on 2-of-7 shooting in the second half.
He had nine points and seven rebounds in a 114-106 loss at Miami on Feb. 13, 2013.