The San Antonio Spurs (45-9) lost to the Los Angeles Clippers (36-18), 105-86 on Thursday night. Manu Ginobili missed the contest with a groin injury and Kawhi Leonard missed with a left calf injury. The Spurs are 17-9 on the road this season.
San Antonio snapped a six-game win streak with an ugly loss to the Clippers. The Spurs shot 42 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers. The defense struggled as they allowed the Clippers to shoot 50 percent from the field. San Antonio forced 20 Clippers turnovers but it didn’t make a difference at the end of the night. Chris Paul lit the Spurs up for 28 points to go along with 12 assists.
–LaMarcus Aldridge struggled
With Blake Griffin out for the Clippers and Leonard out for the Spurs, one would expect LaMarcus Aldridge to have a big night. Aldridge went for 10 points on 3-of-12 from the field in 25 minutes. To make matters worse, he only had three rebounds. San Antonio was -23 with the 30-year-old on the floor. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did a great job in defending the star.
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The Spurs bench did their job on Thursday night. The second unit combined for 48 of the 86 points for the Spurs. David West led the bench with 12 points and four assists in 18 minutes. Patty Mills added nine points and Rasual Butler had eight points.
Tony Parker‘s stat line doesn’t look bad if you glance at it. Parker had 14 points and four assists in 28 minutes. The problem is that he let Paul go for 28 points and 12 assists. Danny Green struggled going for four points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Star Performer: David West
West was a spark plug off the Spurs bench. The 34-year-old made some big shots when it appeared the Spur were going to come back at one point. On a night when most Spurs struggled, he was the best performer.
–Kyle Anderson had eight points and two steals.
–Tim Duncan went for two points and six rebounds.
-Spurs out-rebounded 54-41.
-4-of-17 from 3-point range.