LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The last time the Los Angeles Clippers had a home win over the San Antonio Spurs, 10 of their players were not in the NBA and the Staples Center did not exist.
Quentin Richardson scored 21 points and Michael Olowokandi added 17 and 18 rebounds as the Clippers ended an eight-game home losing streak against the Spurs with a 91-79 victory.
"It's about time we start breaking some of the other records and win some other games we haven't won in a while," Clippers forward Elton Brand said.
The Clippers had not beaten the Spurs in LA since December 4, 1997. The only players active in the NBA at that time were guard Eric Piatkowski and center Sean Rooks. In late 1997, Richardson was a senior at Whitney Young High School and Olowokandi was a junior at Pacific University.
"Someone just told me we hadn't beaten the Spurs here in the last five years 'til tonight," Richardson said. "I didn't know that. I didn't even think about it until the fourth quarter."
Richardson scored 10 straight Clippers points in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. He made 6-of-8 shots and is starting to find his rhythm after beginning the season on the injured list.
"I had Danny Ferry on me," Richardson said. "I felt I could score, so my teammates kept coming to me. I thought after I hit one or two, they were going to sub for him. I knew I was going to try and score every time I got the ball."
Without any help from a double-team, Olowokandi held his own against superstar Tim Duncan, who collected 32 points and 11 rebounds but did not get to the line. Olowokandi made 8-of-12 shots and blocked four shots before fouling out.
"They do everything off of Duncan, so it leaves their other guys open if we double-team him all game," Olowokandi said.
"I knew before the game I wasn't going to get to the free-throw line a whole lot. Put it that way," Duncan said. "I don't know what it is. I can't answer your question. I don't know what's happening, but it's been like that all year."
The Spurs attempted just nine free throws and also struggled at the arc, going 0-of-9 as they failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time this season. They shot just 41 percent (36-of-88) overall while allowing the Clippers to shoot 52 percent (34-of-65).
Brand had 16 points and eight rebounds and Andre Miller had 12 and eight assists for the Clippers, who won despite coach Alvin Gentry's ejection late in the first quarter. Tony Parker scored 12 points and David Robinson added 10 for the Spurs, who still have won 18 of the last 20 meetings between the clubs.
"Many calls went against us and we played very sloppy," Robinson said. "From traveling calls to three-second calls, everything looked foolish."
Duncan scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Spurs grabbed a 28-23 lead. But they sputtered in the second quarter, when Richardson scored nine. A 3-pointer by Keyon Dooling gave LA the lead for good at 39-36 with 4:54 left.
"It is natural for a team to rally together when something happens like a head coach or a player gets ejected from the game," Clippers assistant Dennis Johnson said. "I just tried to make sure I didn't miss anything out there."
The Clippers led, 49-43, at halftime, and Brand scored six points in a 16-3 surge that began the third quarter and built the advantage to 64-46.
The Spurs pulled within 79-69 on a layup by Duncan with 6:06 to go. Miller made a free throw before Richardson began his burst, rebuilding the lead to 90-73 with 3:12 left.
"When we've got a lead, we've got to learn how to close them out like we did tonight," Richardson said.