NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 8th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (9-8) at San Antonio Spurs (14-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers face a tough task tonight in an attempt to earn their first road victory of the season, as they visit the AT&T Center to battle the formidable San Antonio Spurs.
The Clippers are 0-6 away from home so far in 2006-07 and have had little success in San Antonio in recent years. Los Angeles has lost seven straight and 16 of its 17 to the Spurs as the road team, with its last victory in San Antonio coming on January 31, 2002.
Los Angeles has also dropped nine of 10 and 11 of its 13 most recent matchups with the Spurs.
The Clippers do enter the contest having won two in a row, however, including Tuesday's 101-97 triumph over Miami. Elton Brand tied his season-high with 33 points and Cuttino Mobley added 21 in the victory, Los Angeles' third in its last four outings.
Tonight's contest is the first of back-to-back road games for Los Angeles, which visits Memphis on Saturday.
The Spurs have won three in a row and posted an easy 96-76 road decision over Charlotte on Wednesday. Tim Duncan led the way with a 25-point effort.
Manu Ginobili finished with 13 points and five assists while Michael Finley added 11 points and six rebounds for San Antonio, which holds a one-game lead over Dallas atop the Southwest Division.
These teams will meet again in Los Angeles on Monday in the second of two consecutive games for the Spurs at the Staples Center. San Antonio will take on the Lakers on Sunday.
12/08 11:12:44 ET