Los Angeles (14-6) at San Antonio (16-4)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Tue Dec 13, 2005
  • TV: FSW2, FSSW
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With the way the Los Angeles Clippers are playing this season, it could be time for them to start turning it around against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Clippers look to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Spurs and win for the just the fourth time in the last 31 meetings between the teams when they visit the SBC Center.

Los Angeles has managed only three victories against San Antonio since winning six straight in the series from Feb. 27, 1996-Dec. 4, 1997, and is 29-92 all-time against the Spurs.

The Clippers have won the season series twice, taking three of four in 1988-89 and sweeping in 1996-97.

Los Angeles almost put an end to its recent skid against the Spurs in the last meeting on April 9, but Robert Horry hit a 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime before blocking a shot to preserve a 125-124 victory for San Antonio.

This season, the Clippers have raced into first place in the Pacific Division behind the play of Elton Brand, and trail only the Spurs and Dallas for the most victories in the Western Conference.

Brand had 36 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday, but Los Angeles couldn’t overcome a 14-point halftime deficit in falling 109-101 at home to Detroit.

“We played extremely hard,” guard Sam Cassell said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board tomorrow, make our corrections and get ready for San Antonio.”

Chris Kaman added 16 points and Cuttino Mobley had 14 for the Clippers, who played without forward Corey Maggette for a third straight game as he continues to nurse a sprained left foot.

In his absence, Los Angeles fell to 9-2 at home and will now be trying to win for the first time in seven trips to the SBC Center since it opened in 2002-03.

The Spurs enter this contest after having their six-game winning streak snapped with a surprising 94-84 loss at 3-16 Atlanta on Saturday.

Tony Parker scored 20 points and Manu Ginobili added 17, but Tim Duncan had only 12 on 5-for-14 shooting for the Spurs, who were outscored 25-13 in the final quarter.

“I give a lot of credit to Atlanta. They came out ready to play,” Parker said. “They beat us on the boards and we couldn’t match their energy. We didn’t give a good effort tonight. They did a good job on Tim by double-teaming him and playing really physical with him.”

San Antonio, an NBA-best 9-1 at home, is trying to avoid consecutive losses for the first time this season.

STANDINGS (through Dec. 12): Clippers - 1st place, Pacific Division. Spurs - 1st place, Southwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Clippers - F Quinton Ross, F Brand, C Kaman, G Mobley, G Cassell. Spurs - F Bruce Bowen, F Duncan, C Rasho Nesterovic, G Parker, G Ginobili.

TEAM LEADERS: Clippers - Brand, 25.5 ppg and 10.8 rpg; Cassell, 7.5 apg. Spurs - Duncan, 20.7 ppg and 12 rpg; Parker, 5.8 apg.

2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Spurs, 4-0.

LAST MEETING: April 9; Spurs, 125-124 (2OT). At Los Angeles, Ginobili had 40 points and nine assists while Maggette led the Clippers with 24 points before fouling out with 4:16 left in the first overtime.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Clippers - 5-4 on the road; Spurs - 9-1 at home.

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