The Los Angeles Clippers proved that they are mere mortals after all on Wednesday night when the Spurs welcomed them to San Antonio and proceeded to show them how tough the Association truly is; trouncing their visitors 115-90. There are teams that beat you on the offensive side of the floor and there are others that win games by shutting down opponents with suffocating defense. The home team ended up combining the two to get this victory as they shot 56.3% (45-80) 52.6% (12-19) from three point range and hit all their shots at the line (15-15.) San Antonio had six players in double-figures led by veteran Manu Ginobili while 22-year-old forward DeJuan Blair added 20 points in the victory.
Things were not so rosy down the Clippers end of the floor as San Antonio held them to a mediocre 39.2% (29-74) and an embarrassing 35% (7-20) from behind the arc. Blake Griffin led all players with 28 points and four other players did score in double digits, however they were all in the low teens.
The game remained relatively close in the first 24 minutes of play. Griffin hit a pair at the line with one second remaining cutting his club’s deficit and the Spurs led 26-19 at the first. Last season’s NBA Rookie of The Year slammed the rock through the whole with authority and with 42 seconds left the contest was knotted up at 52-52. San Antonio got the momentum back on their side in the last few seconds and walked into the locker room at the half on top 58-54.
The Spurs took the game over in the third holding Los Angeles to just 17 points while they knocked down 38 points in the period. As the buzzer sounded the Clippers found themselves down by 25 points in a 96-71 affair. San Antonio was never in any danger during the final 12 minutes of action and the club themselves an easy win.
Ginobili scored 24 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal while Blair contributed 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Richard Jefferson had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist while Tony Parker had 14 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds. James Anderson came off the bench with 12 points while Tim Duncan added 10 in the victory.
Griffin knocked down 28 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Caron Butler had 12 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist while Mo Williams also added 12 points, 2 assists, a rebound and a steal. Chris Paul chipped in 11 points, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block while Chauncey Billups had 10 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Spurs now have a 2-0 record and will play Thursday night in Houston taking on the Rockets while the Clippers are now 1-1 and will host the Bulls on Friday.