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Spurs fall to 2-7 on the road

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers have no sympathy for
the San Antonio Spurs.

Corey Maggette scored 24 points and the Clippers took advantage
of Tim Duncan's absence by scoring 50 points in the paint on their
way to a 91-83 victory Monday night that snapped a six-game losing
streak.

"They came out there and tried to beat us, but we kept our
composure, played good defense and won the game," Maggette said.
"We just wanted to get this losing streak off our back, and we had
to do whatever it took to win the game -- diving, jumping over
chairs -- we just tried to do it all tonight."

The Clippers were missing their best player also, as Elton Brand
sat out his 12th straight game with a broken foot.

"We got a break tonight without Tim Duncan playing -- but every
team has gotten a break from us playing without Elton Brand,"
coach Mike Dunleavy said.

Duncan was suspended by the NBA on Monday for pushing an
official to the floor during Saturday night's loss to Golden State.
Duncan was cutting to the high post when he attempted to clear some
room and pushed official Jack Nies, who was trying to untangle
himself from another player.

"I think it was unwarranted and I was disappointed about it,
but that decision wasn't in my hands," said Malik Rose, who didn't
know about Duncan's suspension until the team boarded the bus for
the arena. "Everybody knows Tim didn't do it on purpose."

The Spurs are now 1-3 this season without Duncan, who missed
three games last month with a sprained left ankle.

First-round draft pick Chris Kaman came off the bench to score
15 points and grab 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for only
the third time in their last 23 meetings with the Spurs.

Kaman was probably the only Clipper who was upset that Duncan
didn't dress.

"I wanted to play against him," Kaman said. "He's a good
player and I was looking forward to having a chance to try and
guard him."

The defending NBA champion Spurs have lost three straight games
for the first time since March 2002.

Rose, making his fourth start of the season because of Duncan's
suspension, had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. San
Antonio missed 15 of 33 free throws while falling to 2-7 on the
road.

"This is just a group of guys trying to figure out how good
they're going to be by playoff time, just like the team last
year," coach Gregg Popovich said.

The Clippers did not make a basket after Maggette's 21-footer
with 3:40 remaining gave them a 76-73 cushion.

Rose and Tony Parker rallied the Spurs down the stretch, with
Rose converting a turnover by Marko Jaric into a three-point play
that narrowed the gap to 85-79 with 1:08 left. But the Clippers
made six of eight free throws in the final 59 seconds to put it
away.

Trailing by 16 points with 9:27 left in the third quarter, the
Spurs used a 16-6 run led by Rasho Nesterovic to close to 56-50
with 3{ minutes left in the period. But the Clippers converted two
turnovers by Parker into layups to take a 62-51 lead into the
fourth.

The Spurs made only 14 of 43 shots in the first half, while the
Clippers used 11 second-quarter points from Maggette and a 14-3 run
to build a 46-32 lead.

"They just wanted it more in the first half," Rose said. "In
the second half, I think we competed a little bit better, but we
put ourselves in such a big hole it was harder to climb out of it --
especially without our best player. Not taking anything away from
the Clippers, but we had enough to compete a little better than we
did tonight."

Game notes
Brand will have more X-rays taken on Tuesday and is
expected to be cleared to practice on Wednesday. He could be back
in the lineup within 10 days, Dunleavy said before the game. ...
Los Angeles placed F Glen Rice on the injured list because of a
bruised right knee and activated C Olden Polynice, who was
sidelined for the first 12 games with a strained neck. ... Doug
Overton, who was signed by the Clippers as a free agent on Nov. 21,
made his first start of the season. He had five points and two
assists in 21 minutes. Keyon Dooling, who had been sharing the duty
at point guard with Jaric, was benched by Dunleavy after starting
10 of the first 12 games.