Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Friday, December 13th
Game 2: Monday, December 16th
Game 3: Sunday, January 5th
Game 4: Friday, March 14th

Clippers 96

(20-45, 9-24 away)

Spurs 107

(46-18, 25-5 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, March 14, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 28 16 23 2996
    SA 31 28 30 18107

    Top Performers

    LAC: L. Odom 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 24 Pts, 15 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Duncan compiles triple-double in three quarters

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan's first triple-double of the season was in the books before the third quarter was over.


    Duncan's triple-double of 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists led the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-96 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    "It was fun tonight. I really was able to get into a rhythm and was very active out there,'' Duncan said.

    The triple-double was the third of his career and his first since the first round of the 2002 playoffs against Seattle.

    "We came out and played well as a group. I was really pleased with the effort of Speedy Claxton and, really, everyone tonight,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

    Bruce Bowen scored 14, Claxton added 13 and Kevin Willis and Stephen Jackson had 12 each as the Spurs won their fifth in a row and 18th of their last 21.

    Lamar Odom led all scorers with a season-high 26 points, including 14 in the first quarter, and Corey Maggette added 14 for the Clippers.

    "We played a quarter and a half. We didn't play well at all. We played selfishly. That's why they had the lead that they did,'' said Clippers coach Dennis Johnson, now 1-6 since succeeding Alvin Gentry.

    "They executed and they get such solid play from their role players. They know how to play around a guy like Tim,'' said Lamar Odom.

    With the win, the Spurs remained 2 games behind Midwest Division leader Dallas, which won a late game at Golden State.

    Duncan had two rebounds midway through the second quarter to set up fast-break baskets by Tony Parker, and Parker hit two 3-pointers as part of a 20-9 run to put the Spurs ahead 59-44 at the half.

    Game notes

    San Antonio won the season series 3-1. ... San Antonio's David Robinson missed his fourth straight game since injuring his back against New Jersey on March 6. ... The Clippers were without Elton Brand (leg stress fracture) and Michael Olowokandi (knee sprain). ... The Spurs play seven of their next eight games at home, while the Clippers will play five of their next six at home. ... Friday's loss was the end of a six-game road trip in which the Clippers finished 1-5. They've dropped 11 of their last 12.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 107
    FGM-FGA 36-74 (.486) 44-87 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 21-27 (.778) 14-21 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-41 11-39
    Assists 22 31
    Turnovers 18 10
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 8 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    San Antonio
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 24
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2