Spurs, Aldridge Avenge Earlier Loss In Los Angeles...

Los Angeles, CA.— Los Angeles came in winners of four of their last five. A day after the Los Angeles Clippers (21-15) erased a double-digit lead in the third quarter against their in-town rival Los Angeles Lakers they found themselves needing the same effort against the San Antonio Spurs.

They were not able to overcome the deficient against San Antonio in the second half and fell 122-111.

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On the second night of a back-to-back Los Angeles went into halftime with San Antonio tied at 56. Then the second half the Spurs blitzed LA in the third outscoring them 39-19. They were down as many as 24 in the fourth and were never able to recover.

"It felt like they had more energy, they were far more physical than us," Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers said. "I think the last two times we have played them they have been the more physical team. We just have to go look at it and see what we didn't do right, and it was a lot."

Danilo Gallinari and Montrezl Harrell led LA with 21 points a piece and Gallinari grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds.

Tobias Harris and Lou Williams had 16 points a piece.

The Clippers lose despite having a 55-25 advantage in bench points and were a +9 from the three.

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The San Antonio Spurs (20-17) coming off a tough road loss to the first place Denver Nuggets the night before were winner of five of it’s last seven, were led by LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan who combined for 63 points.

Aldridge who scored a game-high 38 points (22 in the 1st half) said after the game: “My first game here I feel like I rushed everything.”

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DeRozan, a Los Angeles native played his final game of the regular season at Staples Center finished with 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

"It's understanding our mistakes," DeRozan said. "Understanding we got to come out the second half with that intensity. We do it at home, but trying to generate our home energy on the road, trying to be more conscious of that. Our confidence is definitely showing (offensively) once we go out there and play defense like we know how to do it"

All five starters scored double-figures. Rudy Gay and Derrick White chipped in with 12 points each.

Spurs Host Boston on New Year’s Eve.

The Clippers Next Game: New Year’s Day vs Sixers