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Five takeaways from Clippers' 89-85 loss to Spurs

The Clippers fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 89-85, on Monday evening at Staples Center. Here are five takeaways from the game.

1. The Clippers were terrible down the stretch: L.A. blew a 10-point lead after going scoreless in the fourth quarter from 5:49 until there were 25 seconds left. During that time, the Spurs went on a 12-0 run. The Clippers finished with 17 turnovers to the Spurs' eight.

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2. The Clippers lost despite outshooting the Spurs: Coach Doc Rivers' team outshot the Spurs, 44.6% to 39.8%, and they held the Spurs to 2 for 19 shooting from beyond the three-point line (10.5%). The Clippers defense looked strong for most of the game, they just had a major offensive lapse in the fourth.

Said Rivers: "We had so many opportunities in transition to score and we kept coming out empty."

3. Improved rebounding: The Clippers entered Monday's game having been outrebounded in each of their contests so far this season. They finally bested a team on the boards, outrebounding the Spurs, 44-39.

4. Chris Paul took the game-winning shot, or in this case, game-losing: With 2.9 seconds left and the Clippers down by two, 87-85, Paul attempted a layup but missed. Paul nearly finished with a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, but he also had four turnovers.

5. The Clippers get some rest: Rivers decided to give the players practice off Tuesday and Wednesday. They will practice Thursday and Friday before playing the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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