The San Antonio Spurs squeaked out of the Staples Center with a close 89-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The win pushed the Spurs back to .500 with a 3-3 record while Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker recorded their 500th victory together, the second most all-time among trios in NBA history.
San Antonio was in danger of losing the game late with three straight missed free throws that allowed Los Angeles to have a shot at either tying or winning the game.
Luckily for the Spurs, the Clippers could not convert late, failing to score a field goal in the final 5:48 and most importantly, their final possession of the game.
It was a nice comeback win for San Antonio, who did not take their first lead until late in the fourth quarter. Kawhi Leonard, who was fantastic the whole night, was clutch for the Spurs late giving them that first lead on a layup to make the score 83-82.
It was a poor shooting night for San Antonio but that was not going to stop the Spurs from ending their two game losing streak and halting some panic by fans. The Spurs shot an abysmal 39.8% from the field and an even worse 10.5% from deep.
San Antonio was able to overcome its turnover issues though thanks to their ability to finally secure the ball. The Spurs, who had been averaging 18.2 turnovers coming into this game, finished with ony eight errors on the night.
Leonard was the MVP for the Spurs tonight, recording a 26 point 10 rebound double-double while making two late free throws to seal the win for San Antonio.
Tim Duncan also played strong for the Spurs, also recording a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 boards moved Duncan ever so close to 14,000 career rebounds. The Big Fundamental only needs four more rebounds to hit that mark.
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On the other end, the Clippers received solid performances from their two All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Griffin finished with a 23 point 10 rebound double-double while Paul flirted with a triple-double, 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.
Los Angeles fell to 4-3 with the loss.
The San Antonio Spurs will try to keep the momentum going tomorrow night with a game at the Golden State Warriors.
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