Just like the Spurs, the Clippers too were in their second of a back-to-back game and they got into San Antonio about the same time as the Spurs returned home.
At the start of the game, the Spurs came out firing jumping to an 8-0 run which included 3-pointers from Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge.
As they say, that seemingly woke up a sleeping giant that was Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers team. Griffin simply had his way against the Spurs and they had no answer for the high-riser.
Griffin, in 29 minutes would finish with 28 points on 13 of 19 shooting from the floor. Most of his buckets, believe it or not, came from jump shots. An array of moves from Griffin left the Spurs team puzzled on what to do.
Chris Paul, showed once again that he is still an elite point guard in the league. Though he only scored nine points, he also added 10 assists and eight rebounds.
But, Paul did not have to do much scoring. San Antonio could not find a rhythm offensively against the Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard had his worse game of the season. He played 27 minutes and scored 14 points on 3 of 13 shooting. He did reach the charity stripe eight times and made all.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio as he finished with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Patty Mills also had a rough night shooting from the floor. He went 1 of 7 from the field for four points in 25 minutes.
San Antonio looked fatigued. But so did the Clippers. Los Angeles came out and was looking to get a big lead heading into half to where they could rest their starters. It went to plan.
Clippers scored 73 points on a Spurs team that was nearly unbeatable at the AT&T Center a year ago.
San Antonio now with a much needed rest, they do not play until Wednesday, better believe they will look more polished then they have.
- Clippers won the battle in the paint outscoring the Spurs 48-22.
- Clippers forced 15 turnovers which led to 27 points.
- Clippers scored 73 points in the 1st half, the most the Spurs have given up so far this season and the first in 21 seasons for Popovich’s team.
- San Antonio is now 1-2 at the AT&T Center. Last season Spurs were 41-1 at home.
- San Antonio has now dropped two straight at the AT&T Center. First time in 600 days they have done so.
- Niko Laprovittola had his best game as a Spur finishing with 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting (3 of 4 3PT).