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With Barry Out, the Losses Mount

Guard Brent Barry, who missed his fourth consecutive game because of a heel injury, might not return before the All-Star break.

Barry, who hasn’t played since he missed eight of nine shots in the a 94-76 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 22, has been bothered by the injury for three weeks.

“I just keep doing my therapy and hope my foot feels a little better,” Barry said. “Hopefully, all the treatment will pay off soon. It’s starting to come around but I’m still feeling some pain.”

The Clippers have lost seven in a row, prompting Coach Bill Fitch to remark: “He’s the second-leading scorer, so I guess we miss him.”

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Forward Lamond Murray, who missed all 11 shots he took in Wednesday night’s 23-point loss to the Spurs, performed much better against San Antonio in Friday’s night’s rematch.

“I got good looks in the last game but the shots just weren’t falling,” said Murray, who scored 26 points Friday.

San Antonio’s 97-87 victory clinched the season series, 3-1, after the Spurs had lost all four games against the Clippers last season.

David Robinson sat out all four of those games because of a strained lower back and a broken foot bone, but he tied a Spur record with 18 successful free throws against the Clippers on Dec. 10 and was six for six from the line on Friday night.

His domination in the late going brought back memories of the final day of the 1993-84 season, when Robinson came into the Sports Arena and scored 71 points against the Clippers to clinch his first NBA scoring title.


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