Spurs aim to end four-game skid vs. Clippers

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The San Antonio Spurs will try to end a four-game losing streak when they open a five-game road trip Tuesday at Los Angeles against the Clippers.

The Spurs endured a 130-109 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Keldon Johnson had 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and seven rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 19 for San Antonio. Jakob Poeltl and Lonnie Walker IV scored 11 each.

Dejounte Murray had a rough outing, going 1 of 13 from the floor with four points.

The Spurs fell in a huge hole early and never recovered. They trailed 65-51 at the break before the Jazz blew the game open in the third quarter.

“It all starts with effort and holding each other accountable with what we do defensively,” Walker said.

The Spurs allowed the Jazz to shoot 55.1 percent, while they hit 41.9 percent of their own shots. The Jazz also converted 21 of 41 3-pointers (51.2 percent) to 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) for the Spurs.

“They made a lot of 3s, and we didn’t finish in the paint,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “If you’re not going to get a three, you’ve got to finish at the rim. We didn’t do that very well.”

San Antonio center LaMarcus Aldridge missed his third straight contest with a sore knee and an undisclosed illness, and he might not play vs. Los Angeles. Guard Derrick White (toe) also sat out the game and wasn’t expected to accompany the team on the road trip.

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