Thursday, January 23, 2003

Clippers, Grizzlies end extra long losing streaks

The Associated Press

Know how long it had been since the Clippers won in Utah and the Grizzlies defeated the Spurs? Long enough that the Salt Palace was still standing and the future of NBA basketball in Vancouver looked bright.

Elton Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles won at Utah for the first time since 1989, defeating the Jazz 96-89 Wednesday night.

The Clippers had lost their previous 26 games in Utah since defeating the Jazz on April 18, 1989. The Clippers had never won at the Delta Center and had lost 15 in a row overall to the Jazz.

"Everybody knows the trouble we've had winning in this building, so it's a great win for us against a real, real quality team," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said.

In San Antonio, the Grizzlies snapped a 21-game losing streak to the Spurs with a 98-93 victory.

"I only lost six times to this team," Pau Gasol of his two-year tenure with the team. "I felt really good to get a win against them, especially on the road. We're trying to build for the future; get this team in the right direction."

After going up by as many as 17, the Clippers were able to thwart several comeback attempts and end their run of misfortune.

Corey Maggette added 13 points, including two free throws with 16.2 seconds left that sealed the win.

"We start turning this thing around before the All-Star break, we'll be excited to come back," Brand said.

At San Antonio, Jason Williams added 18 points, 10 assists and no turnovers, while Drew Gooden started in place of Shane Battier and had 12 points.

Memphis hadn't defeated the Spurs since Feb. 12, 1997, when the franchise was based in Vancouver. The Grizzlies are 4-26 against San Antonio.

"With a young team like we are, the effort and willingness to learn has been terrific," Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown said. "Tonight's win definitely shows how hard they have worked down the stretch."

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