Clippers Drop 17th Straight To San Antonio To Fall To 0-4

The Spurs' bench outscored the Clippers, 32-7.

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Clippers Lose To Spurs 97-88 At Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tony Parker led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and nine assists, leading the San Antonio Spurs to their 17th straight victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-88, at Staples Center.

Richard Jefferson added 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Spurs, who have started their season with wins in two of their first three games. Rookie Gary Neal scored a career-high 16 points in 20 minutes, while mainstays Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili provided 14 points apiece in the victory.

Eric Gordon had 23 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Clippers, who last beat the Spurs on March 7, 2006. Chris Kaman added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Blake Griffin had 17 with eight boards in defeat.

Ryan Gomes contributed 14 points for Los Angeles, which is 0-4 to start the season. The Clippers' next game is Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Clippers Vs. Spurs: Game Preview

(Sports Network) - The chances of Vinny Del Negro posting his first win as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers tonight seem bleak with the San Antonio Spurs slated to make a stop at Staples Center.

Del Negro's club has dropped its first three games of the season to Portland, Golden State and Dallas, and is trying to avoid a third consecutive 0-4 start. The Clippers, who have lost 16 straight and 24 of the last 25 meetings with San Antonio, opened a three-game homestand with Sunday's 99-83 loss to the Mavericks.

Chris Kaman posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Blake Griffin added 16 points and pulled down nine boards for Los Angeles, which began last season with an 0-4 mark and started the 2008-09 campaign with six losses in a row. DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points in defeat, as the Clippers shot just 34.1 percent from the floor.

"We had some good looks, but we couldn't knock them down," Del Negro said. "In the third quarter we got stagnant and that didn't help. It comes down to making plays and we didn't move the ball well."

The Clippers will also host Oklahoma City and did not have guard Randy Foye on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. Foye is expected to miss a few more games.

After splitting its first two games of the season at home, San Antonio will begin a short two-game road trip tonight against the Clippers and Phoenix Suns. The Spurs won their season opener versus Indiana, but suffered a 99-90 loss to New Orleans on Saturday at the AT&T Center.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points and six assists, while Richard Jefferson finished with 18 points and four boards.

"We moved the ball well and attacked better in the fourth," said Ginobili. "I'm proud of what we accomplished, but it wasn't enough."

Tony Parker signed a multi-year extension with the Spurs earlier in the day and finished with 13 points and four assists. Tim Duncan struggled by going just 2-of-10 from the field to go with seven points and seven rebounds.

Duncan hopes to bounce back against a Clippers team he has averaged 20.4 points and 11.1 rebounds against in 46 career meetings.

The last time San Antonio lost to the Clippers was back in the 2005-06 season. The Spurs have swept the last four season series between the clubs and are unbeaten in their last eight contests at the Clippers.

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Clippers Look For First Win Of Season, Host Spurs At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Clippers look to get their first win of the season, but face a tough foe as the San Antonio Spurs come to Staples Center. The Clippers will try to snap their 16-game losing streak against San Antonio, the longest streak by one team over another in the NBA. The Clippers' last win over the Spurs came on March 7, 2006, a 98-85 win at Staples Center.

The Clippers have started 0-3 for the third straight season:

Rough Starts For The Clippers
Year Start
2010-2011 0-3
2009-2010 0-4
2008-2009 0-6

This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Clippers, who lost 99-83 to the Dallas Mavericks yesterday afternoon. The Clippers play 22 sets of back-to-back games this season.

Both Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman are averaging double-doubles in the early going. Griffin leads all NBA rookies in rebounds, averaging 11.0 per game, and is second among league rookies with 16.7 points per game. Kaman is averaging 11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game through the season's first three games.

The Spurs split a pair of home games last week. Tonight is their first road game of the season.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket.

For more Clippers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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