Spurs 103, Clippers 78
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Tim Duncan scored 30 points in his best game since returning from an abdominal injury, and the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from Tuesday’s embarrassing loss to Dallas with a 103-78 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Samaki Walker came off the bench to tie his season high with 18 points for the Spurs, who had blown a 22-point to Dallas in the previous night’s 97-96 loss.
Spurs forward Sean Elliott scored six points in 19 minutes, marking his best production in his five games since returning from a kidney transplant.
Duncan had his way with Los Angeles defenders Keith Closs and Michael Olowokandi. Duncan, who hadn’t found his rhythm since missing four games from Feb. 25-March 4 with the injury, converted 12 of 20 shots and also grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Clippers jumped to a 16-9 lead and held the advantage midway through the second quarter.
But the Spurs, keyed by Walker, went on a 20-8 run to close the half and lead 53-42.
The Clippers played without leading scorer Maurice Taylor, who missed the game with a sprained left ankle.
Derek Anderson led the Clippers with 17 points, while Olowokandi added 14 points and six rebounds.
Notes: Spurs guard Antonio Daniels had the highlight of the night when he stole the ball on the Clippers’ end of the floor, dribbled the length of the court and dunked over Closs, who at 7-foot-3 is almost a foot taller than the 6-4 Daniels. ... Spurs guard Steve Kerr had surgery on his right knee on Wednesday. Kerr, who was placed on the injured list March 6, is expected to miss at least four weeks. ... The Spurs are 21-9 when playing back-to-back games. ... The Clippers haven’t beaten the Spurs since Dec. 4, 1997, when they won 100-96 in overtime in Los Angeles.