National Basketball Association
San Antonio at L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Clippers have won four of their past five games and are brimming with confidence as they host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. The Clippers were ecstatic after posting a 121-116 overtime victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday and look to continue their hot stretch against a San Antonio squad that has dropped four of its last five.
Los Angeles has posted consecutive overtime victories - beginning with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday - and was busy making the key plays in the extra session against the Warriors after allowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead to slip away. "It's how we won, we could've played better, so that's my job there," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. "We did a couple things defensively that we just can't do to win games down the stretch. I told them after the game, 'Let's be good, let's not be lucky.' The thing I like about our team is we're gonna get better." The Spurs are slipping in the other direction after getting mauled 116-96 by the struggling Phoenix Suns on Wednesday to fall to 0-2 on a three-game road trip. The 20-point margin matched San Antonio's largest setback of the campaign and came two weeks after it trounced the Suns by 30 in Phoenix.TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, TNTABOUT THE SPURS (7-6):
San Antonio's defense was suspect from the start against Phoenix in a game it never led and it allowed the Suns to shoot 56 percent from the field, including 15-of-31 from 3-point range. "They penetrated on us consistently and found open people and deserved to win the game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters of the Suns. “They were great.” Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points for his 10th 20-point outing of the campaign but power forward LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with 3-of-12 shooting while scoring a season-low six points for the second time in four contests.ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (8-5):
Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams was the hero against Golden State by scoring 10 of his 25 points in overtime as he quickly shook off being 3-for-16 shooting during regulation. "There would be no point for me to be on the floor if I didn't have confidence," Williams told reporters after scoring 20 or more points for the fifth time in the past six games. Power forward Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting against Golden State and has connected on 33-of-41 attempts over the past four contests.BUZZER BEATERS
1. The Spurs went 2-1 against the Clippers last season.
2. Los Angeles SG Avery Bradley (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday but will likely miss his fifth straight game.
3. San Antonio C Pau Gasol (foot) is expected to miss his fifth consecutive contest.PREDICTION:
Clippers 109, Spurs 102
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