NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio|
(Monday, November 19th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 92, San Antonio 87
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Paul scored 19 points and hit a
clutch bucket in the closing seconds, helping the Los Angeles Clippers upended
the San Antonio Spurs for the second time this season with a 92-87 win on
The Clippers never trailed in the second half, but a late rally by the Spurs
cut the difference to 89-87 with under 90 seconds to play. After misses at
both ends, Paul took Tony Parker to the hole and hit a turnaround jumper in
the lane with 24.9 seconds remaining.
Gary Neal's missed 3-pointer ended San Antonio's comeback bid and extended the
Clippers' winning streak to six, which began with a 106-84 rout of the Spurs
on Nov. 7.
Paul also had eight assists, while Blake Griffin added 16 points and 12
rebounds and Matt Barnes chipped in 14 points off the bench for Los Angeles,
which at 8-2 is off to its best start since the 2005-06 campaign.
"It's a great win for us," said Los Angeles head coach Vinny Del Negro. "San
Antonio is going to keep playing hard. We didn't do a good job at the end.
We gave a couple of three's up but our guys battled and we made some big
Tim Duncan recorded a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Manu
Ginobili totaled 15 points, five boards and five helpers for the Spurs, who
shot 35 percent from the field in their second loss in three games. Parker was
limited to 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
The Clippers led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter before Matt Bonner led
one final Spurs charge with a jumper and a straightaway 3-pointer to pull San
Antonio within 83-79 with 4:37 remaining.
A Bonner triple cut the deficit to 87-85 two minutes later, but the Clippers'
Eric Bledsoe came away with two big offensive rebounds on the ensuing
possession. Bledsoe first followed up his own errant 3-pointer, then snuck in
and put back Paul's missed jumper for a four-point advantage.
Ginobili went left for a basket, and Parker later pulled down a defensive
rebound to give the Spurs a chance to tie or take the lead. But Neal missed a
runner, and Paul made the decisive shot to give the Clippers a second win at
AT&T Center in as many seasons.
The Spurs shot 44 percent from the field in the opening quarter, and a Neal
layup in the opening minute of the second gave the hosts a 30-20 lead. But
they missed their next 11 shots, and LA's subsequent 21-3 run -- led by
Barnes' 10 points -- swung the momentum.
"We had a very disappointing second quarter," said Duncan. "I thought we came
out strong and had a very good first quarter and built some momentum but we
really lost it all in the second quarter. We did fight the rest of the way and
had a much better second half. We got to a striking distance and just could
not close it out."
It was a 47-42 game in favor of the Clippers at the break, and after San
Antonio again struggled shooting in the third quarter (33 percent), the
visitors were on top by a 71-63 score.
The 2005-06 Clippers opened the season 9-2 ... Duncan tied Hal Greer
(Nationals/76ers) for fifth place all-time in most games played with one team
for an entire career ... The Clippers shot 1-of-12 from behind the arc, but
outscored the Spurs in the paint by 20 (56-36) and had 12 more second-chance
points (20-8) ... DeAndre Jordan netted 13 points for Los Angeles ... Bonner
scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.
11/20 00:57:50 ET