Monday , Dec , 01 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers try to halt six-game skid

=== Clippers try to halt six-game skid ===

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers try and put the
brakes on a six- game losing streak tonight when they continue their five-game
homestand against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs at the Staples
Center.

The Clippers’ latest setback came on Saturday, as the Denver Nuggets defeated
them 98-86. Corey Maggette had 22 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles,
while Melvin Ely added a career-high 15 points in the losing effort.

The six-game skid for the Clips comes on the heels of a four game winning
streak.

Los Angeles, which shot a miserable 35-percent from the floor in Saturday’s
setback, has failed to shoot 50 percent in any of its first 12 games this
season and has allowed an NBA-worst 102.5 points per game.

The Clippers, who are 2-4 at home this season, will wrap up their homestand on
Wednesday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

San Antonio, meanwhile, has struggled of late and enters tonight’s contest
riding a two-game losing streak following a 91-89 loss to the Golden State
Warriors on Saturday.

Tim Duncan had 27 points and 15 rebounds and Tony Parker finished with 19.
Rasho Nesterovic collected 14 points and 11 assists for San Antonio, which has
dropped three straight away from home.

The score was tied on three separate occasions in a hard-fought fourth quarter
that saw the squads trade leads many times. San Antonio held the largest lead
of the stanza at four points, 82-78, with just over six minutes to go.

With two minutes remaining, Manu Ginobili hit a shot to make it 86-85 in favor
of San Antonio, but Erick Dampier immediately slammed home a dunk off a nice
feed from Nick Van Exel to re-establish a one-point lead for the Warriors.

One minute later, Duncan followed a Ginobili miss with a dunk to put the Spurs
ahead by one at 88-87, but Van Exel came right back down the court and drilled
a three to put the Warriors ahead 90-88 with 25 seconds left.

Duncan was fouled with 10 seconds remaining, but made one of two foul shots.
San Antonio sent Cliff Robinson to the line with eight seconds to go, and he
matched Duncan, making it 91-89. Duncan then missed a shot at the buzzer that
would have evened the game.

San Antonio is just 2-6 away from home this season and will host the Los
Angeles lakers on Wednesday.

The Spurs have won five of their last six against the Clippers and 20 of the
last 22 matchups. San Antonio has also won nine of its last 10 against the
Clips at Staples.

LAC SAN