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Monday, November 17th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (4-5) at Los Angeles Clippers (1-8), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After opening the season with three straight losses, the San Antonio Spurs seem to have gotten their act together. They will shoot for a season high three straight wins tonight against the lowly Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

San Antonio has won two in a row and four of its last six games, and opened a short two-game road trip with Sunday's 90-88 victory over the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena. Tim Duncan finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs improved to 2-2 away from home this season.

Michael Finley scored 21 points and Roger Mason added 18 for San Antonio, which continues to play without banged-up veterans Manu Ginobili (ankle) and Tony Parker (ankle).

The Spurs will try to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season against a Clippers team they have beaten eight consecutive times. San Antonio has won 16 of 17, 18 of 20 and 21 of the past 24 matchups against the Clippers. It has also won four in a row as the guest in this series.

Los Angeles is only 1-8 on the season and will close out a five-game homestand Monday night versus San Antonio. The Clippers are 1-3 on the residency and dropped a 121-103 decision to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday as Baron Davis did all he could with 25 points and 11 assists against his old team.

Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points while Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby each had a double-double in defeat. Kaman had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Camby registered 12 points and 11 boards.

The poor-shooting Clippers are 1-6 at home this season. After tonight's game Los Angeles will play three straight and seven of 10 games on the road.

11/17 10:19:52 ET

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