Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Friday, December 13th
Game 2: Monday, December 16th
Game 3: Sunday, January 5th
Game 4: Friday, March 14th

Spurs 79


Clippers 91

(11-14, 6-7 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, December 16, 2002

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 28 15 14 2279
    LAC 23 26 24 1891

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    LAC: M. Olowokandi 17 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Clippers snap eight-game home losing streak

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers were a different team after coach Alvin Gentry was ejected in the first quarter and assistant Dennis Johnson took over.

    Michael Olowokandi had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who used a pair of 15-3 runs to beat San Antonio 91-79 Monday night and snap their eight-game home losing streak to the Spurs.

    "Obviously, it had an effect, to some degree," Olowokandi said. "We were in very capable hands with Dennis, and we ran some very simple plays that everybody was able to comprehend.

    "Whatever suggestions he made definitely sunk in," Olowokandi said.

    Gentry departed with 1:49 left in the first after referees Gary Benson and Derek Richardson called technical fouls against him a minute and 33 seconds apart. The technicals seemed to fire up the Clippers, who turned a seven-point deficit into a 42-37 advantage as Quentin Richardson's 3-pointer with 4:16 left in the half capped the first 15-3 run.

    Elton Brand helped fuel the second rally with six of his 16 points, including a tip-in that gave Los Angeles its biggest lead, 64-46, with 5:56 left in the third quarter.

    "Alvin reminded me when he went out to make sure I got the guys to pressure them and make sure they stay up on them -- just the same thing he would do," Johnson said. "I really didn't change anything that Alvin would have done."

    Spurs center David Robinson, held to 10 points in 30 minutes, noticed how much different the Clippers' intensity was after Gentry's third ejection in three seasons as Clippers coach.

    "The momentum was definitely not going in their favor at that time," Robinson said. "Then he got ejected and it seemed like everything turned around after that. Even the calls went a little bit in the other direction."

    Coming off their first wire-to-wire road win of the season Saturday night at Houston, the Clippers beat the Spurs for only the second time in the last 20 meetings.

    "We started the game pretty well and the energy level was good," Robinson said. "But we got really sloppy with turnovers -- traveling, 3-second violations, a lot of them in a row. It was just bad, sloppy basketball. This is the NBA, and if you make 10 mistakes in a row, you're going to go from up 6 to down 10."

    Los Angeles shot 52.3 percent against a defense that entered the game with the lowest field goal percentage by opponents (40.7).

    Tim Duncan had 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who were 0-for-9 from 3-point range. It was the first time they were blanked from behind the arc this season.

    Duncan did not go to the free throw line despite taking 29 shots.

    The Spurs used a 10-3 run to pull to 77-67 with 7:45 to play. But their momentum was derailed by technical fouls less than three minutes apart against Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich, and the Clippers put it away as Richardson scored 10 of his 21 points during a 2:23 span to give the Clippers a 90-73 cushion with 3:12 left.

    Olowokandi, in his third game back after missing the previous five with a sore left knee, led the Clippers to a 49-43 halftime lead with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    Game notes

    Gentry, 2-8 against San Antonio since taking the Clippers job, got his first two seasons of NBA coaching experience as a Spurs assistant under Larry Brown -- whose staff also included Popovich. ... The Spurs made were 7-for-17 from 3-point range against the Clippers in last Friday's 97-84 win at San Antonio. ... Clippers 3-point threat Eric Piatkowski missed his third straight game because of a lower abdominal strain. ... Brand and Olowokandi both were picked first overall in the draft, as were Duncan and Robinson. The only other team with two overall No. 1 picks is Philadelphia (Allen Iverson and Derrick Coleman).

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 91
    FGM-FGA 36-88 (.409) 34-65 (.523)
    3PM-3PA 0-9 (.000) 7-11 (.636)
    FTM-FTA 7-9 (.778) 16-24 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-36 7-41
    Assists 12 19
    Turnovers 14 19
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (3/0) 18 (4/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Los Angeles
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 32
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Michael Olowokandi Olowokandi
    Points: 17
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4