With the series even at 2-2, game 5 was without question the biggest game in the series and the Spurs came out on top.
Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan
(6), forwardBlake Griffin
(32), forwardMatt Barnes
(22) and guardChris Paul
(3) react after an offensive basket interference call against Jordan in the final seconds as San Antonio Spurs playersTim Duncan
(21) and guardTony Parker
(6) watch in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107 to take a 3-2 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs against the Los Angeles Clippers in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107 to take a 3-2 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Early on in the contest it was the Clippers that looked sharp, as they began the game 27-13 lead. The Clippers were a solid run away from potentially putting the game away early like San Antonio did in game three but that didn’t happen.
The Spurs went on a 12-0 run within the next two minutes and it became a back and forth game from that point on. Coach Gregg Popovich went to the hack-a-Jordan (DeAndre Jordan) as early as the second quarter to take the Clippers out of the rhythm. In the second quarter Jordan went 2-6 from the charity stripe.
The Clippers led 54-53 at the half. The third quarter is where Coach Popovich looked like a genius. The Spurs led by one with just over 5 minutes to play in the third when they decided to go back to hacking Jordan. Jordan shot 10 free-throws in the next 3 minutes (making 5) and the Spurs all of a sudden led by 5. Not only did they take a bigger lead, they got Doc Rivers to bring in Glen “Baby” Davis for Jordan.
At the end of the third it was all tied at 82 thanks to an Austin Rivers buzzer beater. The fourth quarter was evenly played early on until the Spurs went up seven points with just over 2 minutes to play. The Clippers went on a quick 5-0 run to get back in the game.
With the Spurs up one with 6 seconds left the Clippers had possession and control of who wins the game. That’s when DeAndre Jordan inexplicably got an offensive goaltending call on a Blake Griffin floater that appeared to be going in with 4 seconds to play. The shot would’ve given the Clippers a one point lead, instead the Spurs held on after securing an offensive rebound on the second free-throw attempt by Danny Green.
The key in the game was three-point shooting. The Spurs went 11-23 from three, compared to the Clippers abysmal 1-14. Patty Mills was 4-4 from three-point range, going for 13 points in 15 minutes.
Tim Duncan was terrific for the Spurs with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Blake Griffin finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists.
Now that the game has concluded, we have highlights from the Spurs-Clippers game! Check out the San Antonio Spurs video highlights below from NBA Highlights YouTube channel and let us know what you think about them in the comments section below!