Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Friday, December 13th
Clippers84Final
Spurs97
Game 2: Monday, December 16th
Spurs79Final
Clippers91
Game 3: Sunday, January 5th
Spurs94Final
Clippers86
Game 4: Friday, March 14th
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Spurs107

Spurs 94

 

Clippers 86

(12-22, 7-12 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    12:30 PM ET, January 5, 2003

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 17 20 30 2794
    LAC 16 20 26 2486

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 24 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 Blk

    Los Angeles: L. Odom 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Clippers fall for sixth straight time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Malik Rose and Steve Smith around, Tony Parker doesn't need to score for the San Antonio Spurs.

    But once in a while, the NBA's youngest starting point guard gets his own ideas.

    "I concentrate on playing good defense and I'm always looking for the open man. We have scorers, but sometimes it falls in my head and I feel confident I can score too,'' said Parker, who had 26 points and made 11 of 13 free throws as the Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-86 Sunday.

    "He was really special,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the 20-year-old Parker. "He gets us into situations we want to be in. He tells people where they should go if they're in the wrong spot.''

    Duncan had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season and Popovich earned his 300th victory with the Spurs, the only team he's ever coached in the NBA. Already the team's career leader in victories, Popovich is 300-176 in seven seasons.

    Bruce Bowen scored all of his 13 points in the second half for the Spurs, who committed 16 turnovers.

    The Clippers lost their sixth straight and eighth in nine games to remain at the bottom of the Pacific Division.

    "We're really trying to get better, but things aren't happening for us,'' said Corey Maggette who had 19 points, including all eight of his free throws. "We're a very talented team and we're not getting it done. It's our fault. We're not hitting the shots.''

    Lamar Odom had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers.

    "Sometimes losing is contagious. We can't fall into that. We got to take practice very seriously and look in the mirror and hold ourselves accountable,'' guard Keyon Dooling said. "We were right there and we just couldn't make that run we needed to get over the hump.''

    Elton Brand had 15 points and 16 rebounds, Michael Olowokandi had 12 points after sitting out Friday's loss to Memphis with a sore left knee and Andre Miller scored 12 points for the Clippers, who were booed when they missed their first five shots of the game.

    "Right now we're not giving a good effort and we're not winning,'' Miller said, citing the team's 7-12 record at Staples Center. "Teams are coming and beating us like it's their home court.''

    Once again, the Clippers were done in by poor shooting (33 percent) despite frequently taking high-percentage shots. They went three minutes without a basket in the fourth quarter, when the Spurs were barely pressed in maintaining a nine-point lead.

    "It's very simple. We can't win the game shooting 33 percent,'' Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not the turnovers, it's not the rebounds, it's not any of that. We're getting good shots and we can't get them in the basket.''

    Odom's driving layup put the Clippers within three on their first basket of the fourth. Minutes later, Bowen sandwiched baskets around a hook shot by Robinson and the Spurs led 75-66 with 7:09 remaining.

    Parker hit two free throws for a 79-70 lead, the Spurs' largest of the quarter. After the Clippers scored two straight baskets, Parker made a 3-pointer for an 82-74 lead.

    Twice the Clippers got within five points in the final two minutes, but San Antonio answered with baskets each time.

    "Our shots didn't fall. It was a dismal shooting performance,'' Olowokandi said. "It's important we turn it around right now. Every game we go into is a must-win.''

    Neither team led by more than seven points in the third quarter, when the Spurs tied it three times early. Bowen hit two straight 3-pointers to give San Antonio a 54-47 lead with 5:23 remaining. Maggette had nine points in a seven-minute span of the third, when Los Angeles trailed 67-62 going into the fourth.

    The Spurs led by eight early in the second quarter before the Clippers rallied to tie and briefly take the lead. Dooling scored to start an 18-12 run, including five points in a row by Miller, whose final jumper gave the Clippers a 35-33 lead. Parker scored six in a row to put San Antonio back in front 37-36 at halftime.

    Game notes


    Olowokandi said his knee felt the same, but he's pursuing more aggressive treatment because he can't follow doctors' advice and take a month off to rest. ... Clippers G Quentin Richardson didn't dress because he sprained his left ankle Friday night against Memphis. ... The Spurs lead the season series 2-1. ... The Clippers fell to 4-3 in day games this season. ... Starting with the Spurs, the Clippers play nine of their next 10 games against teams that made the playoffs last season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    LAC
    Points 94 86
    FGM-FGA 34-79 (.430) 29-86 (.337)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 23-27 (.852) 24-30 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 18-46
    Assists 26 15
    Turnovers 16 12
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 11 7
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 25 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Los Angeles
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 24
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 22
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2