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Spurs, Pelicans looking to build momentum

The San Antonio Spurs are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.

They can strengthen their position and weaken New Orleans' plight when they play the Pelicans on Sunday near Orlando.

San Antonio (30-38) is in 10th place, a half-game ahead of the Pelicans (30-39), who defeated Washington, 118-107 on Friday night.

The Spurs, who are shooting for an NBA-record 23rd consecutive playoff appearance, improved to 3-2 during the restart when they beat a short-handed Utah team 119-111 on Friday. Derrick White scored 24 points and Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 10 rebounds.