Spurs try to rebound from tough loss against Clippers
(Sports Network) – The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs attempt to
rebound from a shocking loss when they host the surprising Los Angeles
Clippers tonight at the SBC Center.
Atlanta stunned the Spurs on Saturday, as Joe Johnson tallied 22 points to
lead the Hawks over the Spurs, 94-84, at Philips Arena. Tony Parker led San
Antonio with 20 points in the loss, while his backcourt mate Manu Ginobili
tallied 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in defeat.
All-Star Tim Duncan scored 12 points and pulled down 10 boards on Saturday for
San Antonio, while Bruce Bowen registered a season-high 13 points for the
Spurs, who had a six-game winning streak snapped.
San Antonio is 9-1 at the SBC Center this season. The Spurs have won four in a
row at home. They go back on the road on Thursday when they visit Kevin
Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
The Clippers, who play the first of a brief two-game road trip, will also try
to get back on the winning track this evening. On Sunday, Chauncey Billups
scored 25 points and dished out eight assists, as the always tough Detroit
Pistons continued their best start in franchise history with a 109-101 triumph
over the Clippers at the Staples Center.
Elton Brand had 36 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Detroit for the
Clippers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Center Chris Kaman added
16 points, while Cuttino Mobley scored 14 and fellow guard Sam Cassell netted
13 for Los Angeles.
On the injury front, LA forward Corey Maggette (foot) is questionable for
tonight’s game. He has missed three straight games with the injury. The Duke
product is averaging 21.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13 games this season for
The Clippers are 5-4 on the road this season. They will visit the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Wednesday.
The Spurs have won seven straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in this
series. The Clippers have lost six straight and 15 of their last 16 at San
The last time the Clippers defeated the Spurs was on December 1, 2003 at the