Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Monday, December 1st
Game 2: Tuesday, December 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 10th
Game 4: Sunday, April 11th

Clippers 90

(11-13, 3-8 away)

Spurs 111


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, December 23, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 21 30 1790
    SA 35 29 25 22111

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 22 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    SA: T. Parker 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl

    Parker dishes career-high 14 assists

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers probably didn't need the reminder but they got it anyway -- the San Antonio Spurs are a lot tougher when Tim Duncan is in the lineup.

    Duncan scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds, and Tony Parker added a career-high 14 assists to lead the Spurs to their 11th straight win, 111-90 over the Clippers on Tuesday night.

    The victory avenged San Antonio's 91-83 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. That night Duncan was sitting out a one-game suspension for pushing referee Jack Nies during a loss at Golden State two nights earlier.

    "Duncan just commands so much attention that others are bound to get open looks," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They make their living that way."

    Parker also contributed 19 points for the Spurs, who pulled away from the Clippers late in the first quarter and built up a lead of 23 points in the third.

    "Tony was great ... he was a threat," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who doesn't often gush about individual performances. "He's the consummate point guard."

    Los Angeles got within 96-82 with 5:18 remaining after San Antonio's starters sat down. Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili (16 points) returned to the floor to quell any thoughts of a rally.

    Last summer Popovich tried to lure Jason Kidd to San Antonio to play the point in a plan that would have moved Parker to shooting guard.

    The third-year player from France got the message and has focused on more on creating for his teammates this season -- he has had 10 or more assists six times during the current winning streak, which is the league's best this year.

    "I'm feeling really good," said Parker, who missed the first seven games of the season with a sprained left ankle. "My ankle is 100 percent now and it really makes a big difference when I can go full speed."

    The Spurs set season highs with 32 assists and 55 percent shooting.

    Los Angeles shot a respectable 45.3 percent, the best San Antonio has allowed since the second game of the season when the Los Angeles Lakers shot 52.5 percent.

    But the Clippers committed 25 turnovers that the Spurs converted into 36 points.

    "That's a sign of horrible decision-making," Dunleavy said. "We have to learn to truly value every possession and see the consequences when we don't."

    Elton Brand led the Clippers with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Corey Maggette had 19 and Chris Wilcox 14.

    Los Angeles hit its first four shots and led 17-15 at 6:01 in the first quarter, when Popovich called a timeout. He must have reminded his players about the need for defense because the Spurs allowed only five more points in the quarter -- a layup and three free throws, all by Brand.

    "Everything just happened so fast," said Quentin Richardson, whose 10 points were well below his average of 17.2. "We started out playing well."

    San Antonio, leading 35-22 lead after one, built their advantage to 64-43 at the half. The Spurs shot 28-for-45 (62.2 percent) in the first two quarters.

    Game Notes: The Spurs are now 10-9 against Western Conference teams. ... During its winning streak, San Antonio is outscoring its opponents by an average of 12.9 points. ... The Clippers activated veteran center Olden Polynice from the injured list before the game. He was scoreless in three minutes. ... Melvin Ely, who has the flu, replaced Polynice on the injured list. ... Los Angeles is 8-50 all-time against the Spurs in San Antonio. ... Spurs reserve guard Hedo Turkoglu left the game in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 111
    FGM-FGA 36-78 (.462) 47-84 (.560)
    3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 10-18 (.556)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 8-38
    Assists 18 32
    Turnovers 25 14
    Steals 8 14
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 8 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    San Antonio
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 22
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 4
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 19
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0