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Monday, December 11th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (15-6) at Los Angeles Clippers (10-9), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs try to get back on the winning track, as they visit the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Staples Center.

San Antonio plays the finale of a brief two-game road trip. On Sunday, superstar Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Lakers past the Spurs, 106-99, at the Staples Center.

Manu Ginobili scored 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the loss to the Lakers, while Tony Parker ended with 21 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak halted Tim Duncan, who pulled down 13 rebounds, and Bruce Bowen both contributed 16 points in defeat.

The Spurs are 8-3 on the road this season. They return home on Wednesday to host Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the AT&T Center.

The Clippers start a brief two-game homestand. On Saturday, Elton Brand scored 26 points to lead the Clippers to their first road win of the season, an 89-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.

Veteran Sam Cassell scored 18 points in the win over the Spurs for Los Angeles, which has won three of its last four games overall. Chris Kaman had 12 points and Cuttino Mobley netted 10 for the Clippers.

LA is 9-2 at home this season. The Clippers are scheduled to host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

The Clippers and Spurs are meeting for the second time this season. On December 8th, Parker dished out 15 assists and Manu Ginobili scored 22 points off the bench, as San Antonio crushed the Clippers, 111-82, at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio has won four of five and five of its last seven at the Clippers. The Spurs have won two straight and 10 of the last 11 contests in this series.

12/11 10:37:52 ET


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