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Spurs Dominate Clippers 109-86

SAN ANTONIO -- Just call them the Triple Towers.

San Antonio's three 7-footers, David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Will Perdue, combined for 60 points and 36 rebounds as the Spurs pounded the Los Angeles Clippers 109-86 Wednesday night.

"The thing with three seven-footers in the lineup is that we've got to be able to stay out of each other's way," said Perdue. "We have to know each other and I think we're doing a pretty good job of that."

San Antonio won fo the 21st time in 25 games and is 5-1 since the three big men began starting together after Sean Elliott was lost with a knee injury.

Robinson had 31 points and nine rebounds despite playing just 27 minutes.

Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds in his first game since becoming the second Spurs rookie ever named to the All-Star Game. Robinson was the first in 1990.

Perdue, the newest addition to the starting lineup, had six points and 16 rebounds as San Antonio won its 15th straight home game in the Alamodome.

The Clippers suffered their sixth straight loss after trailing by as many as 34 points. LA scored the last 11 points of the game.

Maurice Taylor came off the bench to score 18 points for the Clippers while Eric Piatkowski added 17. The Clippers, who had won five of the previous six games in the series, trailed only 27-26 after one quarter. But San Antonio pulled away after winning the second period 31-17.

Unfortunately for the Clippers, they'll host the Spurs on Friday.

"That's life in the tundra," Los Angeles coach Bill Fitch said. "I sure hope it's more competitive. They did whatever they wanted to tonight."

Chuck Person added 15 points for the Spurs on five 3-pointers. His consecutive 3-pointers in the second period extended San Antonio's lead to 43-34.

Notes

  • The Spurs go into the All-Star break after their three-game Western road trip against the Clippers, Golden State and Sacramento, teams with a combined 36 victories.
  • Los Angeles played without guard Brent Barry for the third straight game. He has a sore left heel.
  • Spurs forward Sean Elliott faces two months of physical therapy and rehabilitation after having surgery to remove debris from his left quadricep tendon on Tuesday. If all goes well, he could be back for the stretch run in April. Elliott had similar surgery last season on his right knee.
  • Robinson moved into 72nd place on the NBA scoring list, passing Dick Barnett and Joe Dumars, with 15,386 points.
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