CLIPPERS HISTORY ARCHIVE
The Clippers unraveled from that point on. After splitting the first two games in February, the club lost eight straight before finally winning a game in San Antonio. A seven-game losing streak followed, then the Clippers beat San Antonio again to break the slump. (Incidentally, the Spurs won the Midwest Division that year with a 48-34 record.)
After the March 9 victory against San Antonio, San Diego dropped an embarrassing 19 straight before pulling out a win against the Portland Trail Blazers on the final day of the season. The franchise ended up in last place in the Pacific Division with a 17-65 record. Only Cleveland's 15-67 showing was worse.
San Diego fans took some comfort in the performance of rookie forward Tom Chambers, who averaged a team-leading 17.2 points. The Clippers struggled at the box office, however, averaging only 4,344 fans per game, and owner Sterling began lobbying to move the club to Los Angeles.
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