Spurs win 13th straight, top Clippers
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 25 points, and Tim
Duncan finished with 19 points and nine rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs won
their 13th straight game, 93-84, over the sinking Los Angeles Clippers.
Manu Ginobili scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards for the Spurs, and
Michael Finley added 13 points. The Spurs team record for consecutive wins is
17 games, set in the 1995-96 season.
“It wasn’t the greatest game, but we came out with the win,” Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich said. “Winning is always more fun than losing. Not much progress was
Corey Maggette scored 17 points and raked in nine rebounds for the Clippers,
who lost their fourth straight, and their 12th out of 17, but are still barely
hanging onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Elton Brand finished with 16 points and 10 boards, and Tim Thomas added 15
points for LA. Chris Kaman scored 13 points for the Clippers.
“What gives us hope is the fact that if we play like we did tonight we will
win games,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “We had some good ball movement
and got a number of great shots. We only gave up seven offensive boards. Now
it’s one thing to do that against the Spurs, now we need to do that same thing
against some other teams and we’ll have a different result.”
The Clippers could never quite get over the hump with the Spurs, cutting their
deficit to five points early in the fourth quarter, but could not get any
A Daniel Ewing layup made it 74-69 with 9:03 left, but the Spurs answered with
a quick 7-2 spurt, and a Ginobili trey posted San Antonio to an 81-71
The Clips twice cut back to within six points down the stretch, but never any
closer, and the Spurs sealed their 13th straight triumph.
LA chipped away at the San Antonio lead in the third quarter, pulling to
within 62-57 after Kaman hit one-of-two free throws with 5:53 left, but Finley
and Parker answered with back-to-back jumpers. The Spurs extended their
lead back out to 72-61 entering the fourth quarter.
The Clippers closed the first quarter with a 11-3 run, with Jason Hart scoring
six points on the run, and took a 22-21 lead into the second quarter after a
Brand layup with 13 seconds left.
Parker scored the last six Spurs points of the second quarter, including a
driving layup with six seconds left, and San Antonio took a 50-40 lead
into the break.
LA fell to 8-22 as a visitor on the season…The Clippers made only 3-of-11
three-pointers…The Spurs swept the season series, and have won 13 of the
last 14 meetings.