By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Streaks are not meant to live on forever. The San Antonio Spurs saw their historic streak come to an end.
The Spurs saw their 18-season streak of at least 50 wins end when they were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers, 113-100, on Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
This is the first-time they won fewer than 50 wins since the 1996-97 season. If you eliminate the strike-shortened season in 1998-99 season in which they went 37-13, the last-time the Spurs had less than 50 wins is when they went 20-62 during the 1996-97 season.
Months after that 20-62 season, the Spurs won the Tim Duncan sweepstakes. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and changed their franchise’s history.
The Clippers improved to 42-36 on the season. The Spurs fell to 45-33.
After losing to the Washington Wizards, 116-106, on March 27th, the Spurs had to win seven straight games to end the season to win 50 games. They had won two straight before the loss to the Clippers.
Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 31 points. He also had nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Harris was one of five Los Angeles players, who scored in double-figures. Lou Williams added 22 points, while Austin Rivers scored 18 points.
Montrezl Harrell scored 16 points and DeAndre Jordan contributed 10 points.
The Clippers had 50 bench points. Williams led the bench with 22 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 35 points. He also had nine rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and two steals.
Aldridge was one of four San Antonio players, who scored in double-digits. Patty Mills scored 17 points, while Rudy Gay added 13 points.
Bryn Forbes also contributed 12 points.
The Spurs had 40 bench points. Gay led the bench with 13 points.
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