Since the All-Star break, the San Antonio Spurs have been rolling.
The Spurs look to extend their winning streak to eight games when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers.
San Antonio has won 16 of its last 18 games, but entered the All-Star break having lost two in a row. Since then, the Spurs have outscored opponents by an average of 16 points during their current seven-game winning streak.
San Antonio also has enjoyed tremendous success against the Clippers over the past decade. The Spurs have won eight straight in the series and 28 of the last 31 meetings, including 12 of 14 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Clippers’ last win over the Spurs came on Dec. 1, 2003.
“There was a little pain for a while and it got a little inflamed for a while, but it’s fine,” said Duncan, who expects to play against the Clippers. “As of right now, I’m seeing as well as I ever did, so I’ll be fine. Those things happen.”
Finley had four 3-pointers and 14 points in the fourth quarter while Tony Parker had eight to help the Spurs counter the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who scored 17 of his 43 points in the final period.
“It was a very entertaining game for the fans,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “And yes, I enjoyed Kobe at the end there as well as the fans. Tony Parker and Michael Finley made shots each time Kobe did. It was nice to see.”
Robert Horry will be back with the Spurs after serving a two-game suspension for intentionally making contact with an official Friday during San Antonio’s 98-89 win over Dallas.
The Clippers look to avoid their third consecutive loss. After allowing only 87.3 points in its previous six games, Los Angeles has allowed more than 100 in its last two losses.
“We just weren’t there tonight, defensively,” Clippers center Chris Kaman said after losing 102-86 to Memphis on Sunday. “They got a lot of easy stuff off the dribble, taking it to the hole. Our rotations weren’t where we were supposed to be, and coverages got messed up a lot.”
Corey Maggette, who missed 39 contests recovering from a left foot injury, had just six points after scoring 12 Friday against Utah.
“It’s only my second game back, so the more I play, the more it’s going to get better,” Maggette said. “You just try to fit in with what Coach is doing right now and get back to where I need to be.”
Maggette was averaging 21.7 points in 13 games before he was injured on Dec. 5.