Spurs’ Dejounte Murray hopes to extend hot streak against Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers will be rested and ready when they face the struggling San Antonio Spurs on Saturday at Alamo City.

The Clippers travel to San Antonio for the final of a two-game road trip after a 113-89 loss at New Orleans on Thursday. Los Angeles, which has lost four of its last six outings, played without Paul George (elbow) for the 11th consecutive game.

Terance Mann scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Clippers against the Pelicans. Marcus Morris Sr. had 12 points but was the only Los Angeles starter to reach double points. The Clippers fell 23 points behind in the second quarter and simply didn’t have the firepower to pull off a serious comeback.

“Everyone is in good spirits,” Mann said. “We know every game won’t be easy, and we’re going to use those games as practice. So, you know, we’re definitely going to learn something from this game and apply it to the next one.”

Reserves Serge Ibaka, Xavier Moon and Brandon Boston Jr. added 10 points each for the Clippers on Thursday.

“They looked slow – looked pretty old tonight and just didn’t have much pop,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said of his starters after the loss. “It happens. We tried everything, I thought our young guys came in and played well and kind of cut the lead and gave us the opportunity to get into the game. But with our starters, du start to finish, they really took advantage of us.”

Spurs will look to bounce back from back-to-back home losses, the most recent being a 114-109 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Dejounte Murray led Spurs with 30 points and 14 rebounds, giving him back-to-back outings with 30+ points for the first time in his career.

Keldon Johnson added 18 points, Bryn Forbes had 15, Lonnie Walker IV scored 11 and Devin Vassell scored 10 points for San Antonio, which has lost five straight. Jakob Poeltl had 12 rebounds for Spurs.

San Antonio missed seven straight shots from the floor and three free throws in a pivotal five-minute stretch down the game.

“(Cleveland’s) size has been a problem for everybody all year,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said after the loss. “They scored 35 points in the first quarter, and they did it going into the paint.”

San Antonio dropped the first two games of its seven-game homestand and is just 7-12 at home this season. Spurs played Friday without Derrick White and Tre Jones due to COVID health and safety protocol. Doug McDermott played for the first time in 2022 after missing seven games due to NBA protocol.

Saturday’s match will be the third and final meeting between the teams this season. The first two contests were in Los Angeles, with the Clippers winning 106-92 on Nov. 16 and San Antonio picking up a 116-92 win on Dec. 20.

–Field-Level Media

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