To add to the Clippers’ problems, Quinton Ross went down with a bruised right hip. Sam Cassell also was out for a third consecutive game with a strained groin, but at least the Clippers have three off days before playing at Golden State on Friday. “Clearly, they’re one of the elite teams,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said about the Spurs before the game. “They’ve got a string of games they’ve won in row. They’ve got a great record on the year. “They’re playing at an incredibly high level, so obviously, for us to win, we have to play at an incredibly high level.” The Clippers, in other words, had to limit their mistakes in order to have a chance. In the first half, though, the Clippers made plenty of mistakes and controlled little, if anything, to trail 43-34 at halftime. They shot 34.8 percent (16 of 46) in the half. That was underscored by Chris Kaman’s half. He went 0 of 6 in the first half as pretty much every Clipper struggled against the Spurs’ stingy defense. Kaman missed his first eight shots and finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting. Maggette took it upon himself to try to be the Clippers’ scorer. With Brand held to just six points in the half, Maggette had eight points in the first quarter. But then his scoring effort subsided as he had nine points in the first half. With Shaun Livingston out for the season and Cassell out as well, Dunleavy had no problem giving 25 minutes to new point guard Jason Hart, who signed earlier in the day. firstname.lastname@example.org. (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Antonio ate up the Clippers in an 88-74 win Monday night at Staples Center. The Spurs won a ninth consecutive game and led by as many as 20 points, even though All-Star point guard Tony Parker was out with a strained left hip. The 74 points tied a season low and continued the Clippers’ troubles against the Spurs. They have lost 12 of their last 13 meetings to San Antonio and, on Monday, were knocked out in the third quarter, when the Spurs had a 16-0 run. Manu Ginobili scored 11 points during that run to put the Spurs up 60-40 with 2:24 left in the third quarter. The Clippers cut the margin to 64-49 heading into the fourth quarter, but ultimately couldn’t recover from that 20-point deficit. Not only did the Spurs not need Parker, but they also hardly needed All-Star Tim Duncan, who had nine points and 12 rebounds. The nine points were 11 below his average. San Antonio has been so impressive on its nine-game winning streak that the Clippers’ 14-point margin of defeat is the third-closest any of the teams in the streak have come. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his team has done that because of its defense, and that was true on Monday. The Clippers shot 37.5 percent, and the closest they got in the fourth quarter was 83-72 with 1:06 left. And that came after San Antonio cleared its bench. Corey Maggette scored a game-high 19 points. Elton Brand added 15 points and eight rebounds. But that was five points below the average for Brand, who shot 6 of 15. • Photo Gallery: 03/05: Clippers vs. Spurs LOS ANGELES – The Clippers did not need a reminder about where they fit on the NBA’s food chain. They are not near the top, and the San Antonio Spurs showed who is.
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