LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots over Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on February 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Clippers Vs. Spurs: LA Loses Western Conference Showdown At Staples Center

The Clippers have lost 20 of their last 21 games against the Spurs.

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Clippers Vs. Spurs: LA Throws Heavy Punches, But Spurs Get Knockout

The matinee game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center came down to the wire, with overtime need to separate the teams and the Spurs ultimately prevailing 103-100. Tony Parker lead all scorers with 30 points, and was easily the best player on the court today. The Clippers get credit for going strong against the second best team in the Western Conference, but the Spurs remain the only top eight Western Conference team the Clips don't have a victory over.

The San Antonio Spurs were able to grow their lead to as much as fifteen points after halftime, but a lineup change got the Clippers back into it. Coach Vinny Del Negro went to a three guard lineup in Chris Paul, Mo Williams, and Randy Foye just before Foye caught fire. Foye was 4-10 from behind the arc and shot almost 50% from the field, leading all Clippers with 21 points. With only five points at halftime, Foye hit 21 points before the third quarter was over with a three pointer to tie the game.

It was a back and forth battle after that, which continued into the game's final minute. Chris Paul and Tony Parker lit it up in the fourth quarter, with Paul scoring 17 of his 19 and Parker 10 of his 28. There were three lead changes in the final minute.

Ultimately, the regulation part of this game was decided almost entirely by Chris Paul, with input from the Spurs' Gary Neal. His four free throws had the Clippers up three, and Gary Neal fumbled the ball away giving the Clippers the final possession with nine seconds left. All the Clippers had to do was inbound the ball, but Paul tried to throw the ball away rather than receive a backcourt violation. The ball ended up in Gary Neal's hand, and he buried a three pointer to send the game to overtime.

The overtime period finish was the opposite of the regulation finish, with the Spurs up three with under a minute to go. Chris Paul dribbled into the paint but missed the layup, giving the Spurs possession with 15 seconds left. The subsequent intentional foul and free throws put the Clips down five. A Griffin dunk and two missed San Antonio free throws gave the Clippers the chance to tie with seven seconds left, but Chris Paul's three pointer bounced off the front rim and that was that.

With 11 lead changes and eight ties, not to mention overtime, the sellout crowd certainly got their money's worth. However, with the big first half lead it's likely some will say the Clippers gave this game away. Against the second best team in the West, that's a mighty big claim.

For more recap from the Stars and Chaparral's, check out Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Spurs: LA Slipping After San Antonio Run

The Los Angeles Clippers controlled most of the first half against the San Antonio Spurs, excuse me LA Stars and Dallas Chaparrals, but a 17-5 run after the Spurs were down 13 at one point has San Antonio up at halftime 45-43. In the second run of Hardwood Classic's ABA games, and the first against an actual ABA franchise, the Clippers controlled the game for one and a half quarters, but the last six minutes have belonged to San Antonio. Halftime adjustments are necessary if the Clippers want to regain control of this game.

Mo Williams hit a three pointer with an assist from Chris Paul just under the six minute mark to put the Clippers up by 10 points. It was from this point that the Spurs went on their 17-5 run. Tim Duncan's layup with 29 seconds left tied the game for the first time since the opening tip.

The Clippers went down and tried to work for the last possession, but Caron Butler's three point attempt air balled, giving the Spurs the chance to run a half court play after a time out. Tony Parker, Chris Paul's backup on the All-Star team, drove straight for the basket and hit an unguarded layup to put the Spurs up at the half.

Blake Griffin leads all scorers with 13 points, while San Antonio doesn't have a scorer in double digits. The Spurs haven't made a free throw yet in the game, with Tiago Splitter going to the line once and missing both shots. San Antonio is shooting better from the field, but not by much.

The second half will tell if the Clippers just fell asleep on a good team, or if San Antonio found a weakness and will continue to exploit it. Each backcourt trio has combined for fifteen points, and each team has made three from behind the arc. If both teams keep doing what they're doing, it should be an exciting finish.

For more on this game, check out Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Spurs Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers return home Saturday afternoon to face the red-hot San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference showdown at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's contest:

Records: Clippers (19-9); Spurs (21-9)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 12:30 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 107.8 points per 100 possessions (fourth in NBA); Spurs, 107.0 (fifth)

Defensive Efficiency: Spurs, 101.8 (14th); Clippers, 104.5 (19th)

Home vs. Road: The Clippers are 11-3 at home this season and are 27-8 in their last 35 home games; the Spurs are 8-8 on the road this season, and Saturday is the sixth game of their nine-game rodeo road trip.

Going Streaking: The Spurs have won nine straight games to surge to the second best record in the Western Conference. The winner of Saturday's game will own the fourth best record in the NBA, behind the Chicago Bulls (25-7), Miami Heat (24-7), and Oklahoma City Thunder (23-7)

Bad History: The Clippers have lost 19 of their last 20 games to the Spurs, though they won their last meeting in Los Angeles. Last season, on December 1, 2010, the Clippers won 90-85, snapping an 18-game losing streak to the Spurs. Earlier this season, the Clippers lost 115-90 on December 28, extending their losing streak in San Antonio to 17 games.

Chairmen of the Boards: The Clippers have outrebounded their opponents by an average of 48-36 over their last five games, and overall have had more rebounds than their opponents in eight straight contests.

20-10 Man: Blake Griffin had 21 points and 14 rebounds on Thursday in Portland, his 13th game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, Griffin has 60 such games, second only to the 62 by Kevin Love.

Man of Steal: Chris Paul has recorded at least one steal in at least 32 straight games, the longest streak in the NBA.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Schedule 2012: San Antonio Spurs Showdown Looming Saturday

The Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night got a huge win in Portland, a comeback from 18 points down in the second half to beat the Trail Blazers 74-71. The win helped the Clippers keep pace with the red-hot San Antonio Spurs, who have won nine straight games and currently lead the Clippers by a game for second place in the Western Conference.

NBA Western Conference Standings
Rank Team W-L Pct GB
1 Oklahoma City 22-7 .759 ---
2 San Antonio 21-9 .700
3 LA Clippers 19-9 .679
4 Dallas 19-11 .633
5 LA Lakers 17-12 .586 5
Through games of February 16

The Clippers and Spurs will face each other in a battle of division winners on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The Clippers have had their problems in San Antonio, losing 17 straight road games to the Spurs, including a 115-90 loss on December 28. But they have also fared poorly against the Spurs at home in recent times. The Clippers beat the Spurs 90-85 on December 1, 2010, but that snapped a nine-game home losing streak to the Spurs.

Overall, the Clippers have lost 19 of their last 20 games against San Antonio. But snapping streaks has been a hallmark of this Chris Paul-led team, who have snapped losing streaks in Denver (nine games), Utah (16 games), and Portland (six games) this season, as well as snapping an overall nine-game losing streak to Orlando.

Saturday afternoon at Staples Center should be a fun one.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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