Spurs five game streak snapped in 106-101 loss to Clippers

By Michael Rehome
December 22, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 22, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit

The San Antonio Spurs shot 39 percent from the floor, saw their five game winning streak snap by the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night in Los Angeles.

With an NBA best 15-1 road record, the San Antonio Spurs did not look in-sync on the offensive end, just when we thought their offense was starting to come together.

The Clippers were already without one-star Blake Griffin before another, Chris Paul , could not finish, due to a hamstring injury.

The Clippers went exclusively to their bench in the fourth quarter to pull out a 106-101 victory over the Spurs.

It was only San Antonio’s second road loss this season in 17 games.

The production that San Antonio got from their bench in their win against Houston was non-existent against the Clippers.

The Clippers’ bench outscored the Spurs’ reserves 58-33. Los Angeles took an 81-73 lead into the fourth.

San Antonio offensively could not get anything going. Kawhi Leonard was the lone bright spot on both sides of the ball. At one point, Leonard showed his dominance as a defender as he blocked two shots in under twenty-seconds.

Two blocks in 22 seconds… Kawhi not?! ???? https://t.co/Ccurj9oYur

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 23, 2016

In 34 minutes, Leonard finished with 27 points on 8 of 19 shooting. To go along with his scoring output, he also grabbed nine rebounds and five assists.

Leonard had plenty of highlight plays during the game but none better then when he took flight in the second quarter.

KAWHI GOES UP AND THROWS IT DOWN pic.twitter.com/av5jhbwF7L

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 23, 2016

It is incredible how much skills on the offensive side of the ball Leonard has developed. He received the ball at the top of the key with the clock running down and within a few steps, he was at the rim.

Pau Gasol added 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss. His counter-part, LaMarcus Aldridge found himself in foul trouble early.

It was too much Paul and company for the Spurs to overcome. Paul still led the Clippers in scoring with 19 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists.

Must Read: Spurs continue to make noise under the radar

Marreese Speights had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Raymond Felton scored 13 to lead the barrage off the bench.

No time to dwell as the Spurs are back in action Friday as they face the Trail Blazers in Portland.

facebooktwitterreddit