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Wednesday, April 6th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (34-41) at San Antonio Spurs (54-19), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs continue their push towards a Southwest Division title, as they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers tonight to the SBC Center.

The Spurs are 4 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dallas Mavericks in the Southwest Division. San Antonio is No. 2 overall in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games behind the top-seeded Phoenix Suns.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Spurs crushed the Clippers, 98-79, on December 31st at the Staples Center and beat them 80-79 on January 19th at the SBC Center. The teams will play once more in the 2004-05 campaign, as the Clippers will host San Antonio on April 9th.

The Spurs have won five straight and seven of the last eight meetings in this series. The Clippers have lost five straight and 14 of their last 15 at San Antonio.

San Antonio comes into tonight's game off a solid win. On Saturday, Brent Barry's layup with six seconds left lifted the Spurs to a 95-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the SBC Center. Barry ended with a team-high 20 points in the win.

Tony Parker finished with 17 points, six rebounds and nine assists in Saturday's win for the Spurs, who swept the four-game season series from Los Angeles for the second time in three years. San Antonio has won five straight meetings and nine of its last 12 games with the Lakers.

The Spurs, who are 12-5 in Wednesday games this season, are an NBA-best 35-3 at home. San Antonio has won seven in a row at the SBC Center.

San Antonio will play just three of its final nine games in the regular season in front of its home crowd.

The Clippers play the finale of a seven-game road trip tonight. They are 2-4 on the current swing.

On Tuesday, rookie Shaun Livingston ended with 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and scored the game-winning layup with one second left to help the Clippers edge the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-102, at Charlotte Arena.

Corey Maggette scored a game-high 34 points and Elton Brand added 27 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's victory for the Clippers. Maggette hit 15-of-16 foul shots, including 9-of-10 in the fourth quarter for LA, which have won back-to-back contests on the heels of a four-game losing streak.

The Clippers are a brutal 9-28 on the road this season.

04/06 10:27:43 ET

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