LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers looses the ball against Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Spurs: L.A. Swept Away By San Antonio

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NBA Playoffs: Clippers Season Ends After Being Swept By Spurs

The Clippers lost Game 4 and in the process were swept out of the playoffs by the Spurs, but the first year of the Chris Paul era in L.A. was still a rousing success.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Clippers Vs. Spurs Game 4 Final Score: L.A. Can't Hold Off San Antonio Sweep, 102-99

Tony Parker had 17 points and five assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Los Angeles Clippers 102-99 in Game 4 of their second round NBA playoff series Sunday night at Staples Center. The Spurs completed their sweep of the Clippers, and have won 18 consecutive games.

Chris Paul had 23 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds for the Clippers, but turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining with the Clippers down one point, then missed a potential tying shot down two in the final seconds.

Blake Griffin had 21 points and five rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 47.7% for the game. Eric Bledsoe added 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench.

Tim Duncan had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 52.8% in the game. Gary Neal had 14 points in 14 minutes off the bench for San Antonio.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Clippers Vs. Spurs Game 4: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Los Angeles Clippers felt like a team of destiny for much of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. The shocking and unexpected team was cobbled together out of nowhere and became instant threats in the Western Conference. They made it into the postseason and won a thrilling seven-game series against the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

And yet, they have been unable to make a dent in the best team in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. After blowing a huge lead in Saturday's Game 3 of the conference semifinals, the Clippers find themselves one loss away from being swept right out of the postseason, with no guarantees that this popular team will be together again in the fall. They need a win at home in the Staples Center to keep their season alive.

The Clippers host the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be televised on TNT.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Clippers Vs. Spurs: Fans React To L.A. Going Down 3-0 In Series

The Los Angeles Clippers looked like they had finally figured out the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal matchup. The Clips opened up a big early lead and looked confident, but things went south in a hurry and the Clippers are now in a 3-0 hole and on the verge of being swept out of the postseason.

John Raffo at Clips Nation had this to say about the loss:

And this afternoon, the Clips came out on fire and showed the Spurs who they really are... they went on a stunning 24-4 run in early minutes and led the Spurs by 22 at the end of the first quarter. Ahh... this was gonna be easy, this was gonna shut up the Jon Barry and Michael Wilbons of the world and the Clips were gonna walk over the mighty Spurs on their home court. Blake Griffin was a frantic vision, hitting shots from all over the court, scoring eighteen and pulling down seven rebounds in the first frame.

But... then the Spurs woke up. They swatted the Clippers like sluggish flies. They cut it to ten by the half, tied it with five left in the third, and were ahead by eight at the beginning of the fourth. The Clips tried to rally, but couldn't get anything going. Chris Paul who has been the Clips late-minutes hero all season, showed little tonight. We can blame it on his hip flexor, sure, but... the Clips have thirteen more guys on their playoff roster, right? Blame those guys too.

There's no other way to look at it, San Antonio laid out the Clippers in a performance that showed both the Spurs superiority and the Clippers over-reliance on their star. Now they're down 3-0 and they're reeling like drunks. But let's not forget they lost to a great, experienced team, with a great coach.

The Clippers will host the Spurs again on Sunday and will have one more chance to give the Staples Center something to cheer about.

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Clippers Vs. Spurs, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 3: Final Score 96-86 As Spurs Take Game 3, Lead Series 3-0

The Los Angeles Clippers looked strong early in game three of their series versus the San Antonio Spurs, but they were unable to maintain that momentum and ended up losing the game 96-86. The series now stands 3-0 for the Spurs, and the Clippers face elimination tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

The Clippers played like a team posessed in the first half of the game, going on a 26-4 tear as the first quarter drew to a close. They led by as many as twenty, but it was around midway through the second quarter that that momentum faded and the Spurs began their comeback. It was 53-43 at the half, but between eight minutes left in the second quarter and about the same point in the third quarter the Spurs went on a 40-17 run, and by midway through the third quarter it was all tied at 57. Things stayed with the Spurs, and they outscored the Clippers 53-33 in the second half on route to the win.

Blake Griffin had the strongest game for the Clippers, scoring 28 points, picking up 16 rebounds and 3 blocks. Mo Williams added another 19 points, but in the end the Spurs offensive efficiency overwhelmed Los Angeles again.

Game four of the series is Sunday night in Los Angeles, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm PDT.

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Clippers Vs. Spurs Game 3 Halftime: Clippers Lead 53-43 At The Half

The Los Angeles Clippers came out with something to prove in game three of their series versus the San Antonio Spurs. They're on their way to proving it, leading 53-43 at the half. After two dominant performances by the Spurs offense in games one and two, the Clippers defense managed to open the game strong, helping the Clippers to a 26-4 run in the closing minutes of the first quarter. Despite losing at points by as much as 20, the Spurs were able to build momentum in the second quarter and by the time halftime arrived the Clippers were only leading by 10.

Blake Griffin has been driving things for the Clippers, scoring 20 points and picking up seven defensive rebounds. Los Angeles has managed to limit turnovers, giving up only six, while managing to get the ball from San Antonio nine times. The bench has combined for 18 points, an extremely good sign for the Clippers' offense.

The Clippers have looked better in Saturday's first half since than they have at any point in any of the previous two games, but they have to regain that first quarter momentum if they want to close things out on the Spurs and regain a foothold in the series, where they currently trail 2-0.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Clippers Vs. Spurs Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Los Angeles Clippers had a tremendous and surprising season in 2011-12 and treated longtime fans (and new fans, too) to a thrilling playoff series win. They may have found themselves up against a brick wall in the Western Conference semifinals, however, as they are looking overmatched in their series against the best team in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers trail the series 2-0 and are just two losses away from going home until next season. They haven't looked particularly impressive in either of their losses, either.

In Game 3 on Saturday, the series comes to the Staples Center. The Clippers will try to pick up the win in an afternoon game, as the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder at night in the other Western Conference semifinal series.

Saturday's Game 3 will tip off at 12:30 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on ABC.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Spurs Vs. Clippers: San Antonio's Offense Is Too Hot

The Los Angeles Clippers fell behind 2-0 in their Western Conference semifinals series against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. Los Angeles shot an impressive 49.2% from the field and converted on 9 of 13 shots from three-point range, but were unable to combat the Spurs' balanced scoring attack. Five different Spurs finished in double figures in the team's game two victory.

Steve Perrin from SB Nation's Los Angeles Clippers blog, Clips Nation, referenced the Clippers' inability to stop Tim Duncan and a generally hot Spurs offense. Disappointing play by the team's point guard Chris Paul along with poor defense is dooming the Clippers' chances of advancing to the Western Conference finals.

The Spurs shot 53.2% from the field Thursday night and made 10 more three pointers. Their effective field goal percentage in the game was 59.5%. Their effective field goal percentage in the two games of the series is 58.2%. That's smoking hot -- white hot -- super-model hot. And you can't win allowing that kind of shooting.

Commenters on SB Nation's San Antonio Spurs blog, Pounding the Rock, shared their excitement about the team's victory citing the team's offensive performance as well:

Tony and Tim are +18 in the game, +44 in the series. Clips can't win until their starters can play even with our starters, hasn't been happening. (Via: greyberger, Pounding the Rock commenter)

Pounding the Rock's Josh Guyer also pitched in on Twitter a funny quote from the Spurs' head coach, Gregg Poppovich about Tim Duncan's performance:

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Spurs Vs. Clippers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2 Final Score: Tony Parker Leads San Antonio To 105-88 Win, 2-0 Series Lead

The San Antonio Spurs had a balanced scoring attack Thursday night, and were able to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-88 in Game 2 of their second round NBA playoff series at AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Spurs lead the best-of-seven series two games to none, and have won 16 straight games.

Blake Griffin scored 20 points for the Clippers in Game 2, but had just one rebounds in 37 minutes. Chris Paul had 20 points and five assists for the Clippers, who shot 49.2% from the field. The Clippers were able to stay somewhat in the game by making nine of 13 shots from three-point range.

The Spurs outscored the Clippers 59-46 in the second half.

Tony Parker had 22 points, five assists, and five rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 53.2% for the game. Tim Duncan added 18 points, one of five players to score in double figures for San Antonio.

Game 3 will be held Saturday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Spurs vs. Clippers Score: Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin Leading The Way In Game Two

Following an emotional game between the Spurs and Clippers to begin the Western Conference quarterfinals, the two teams are matched up once again on Thursday night. Despite strong play from Blake Griffin and the Clippers' bench, San Antonio leads by a score of 46-42 at the half.

Griffin leads L.A. with 11 points, although he is yet to record a rebound in 19 minutes of play. Chris Paul has been bothered by Tony Parker all game and has just two points, two assists, two rebounds and three fouls thus far. The Clippers received 18 points from their bench in the first half, six of which came from Nick Young.

Tim Duncan led all scorers with 14 points in the half. Tony Parker is having a very solid game with eight points, three assists and three rebounds. Manu Ginobili has 10 points off the bench. Boris Diaw continues to be a great success for San Antonio, scoring seven points and dishing out three assists in just 15 minutes of play.

The second half is about to get underway from San Antonio. ESPN is airing the game live.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Spurs Vs. Clippers Game 2: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The San Antonio Spurs gave the Los Angeles Clippers with their ball movement and three-point shooting, which overcame all the physical upfront play L.A. tried to throw at them. The Spurs will probably not be quite so hot in Game 2, which should mean a far more competitive contest.

The Clippers have a lot of talent and will probably need their three point shooting to match San Antonio in this contest, or they'll really have to crash the boards and ensure no second-chance opportunities. Good news for Los Angeles is that they have Chris Paul, so it's unlikely they'll ever be totally out of this series unless he struggles to get going.

Time: 6:30 PM PT, 9:30 PM ET

TV: TNT

Radio: ESPN Radio, check your local affiliate

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Spurs Vs. Clippers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 1 Final Score: Tim Duncan Leads San Antonio To 108-92 Win

Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-92. victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their second round NBA playoff series Tuesday night at AT&T Center in San Antonio. Manu Ginobili added 22 points off the bench for the Spurs.

The Spurs lead the best-of-seven series 1-0, and have won their last 15 games. The last loss for San Antonio came on April 11. The Spurs held a 57-49 lead at halftime, then scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take control of the game.

Chris Paul had six points and 10 assists for the Clippers, and Blake Griffin had 15 points and nine rebounds in defeat. But the duo combined to shoot 10-for-30 from the field (33.3%) in defeat

Eric Beldsoe scored a season-high 23 points off the bench for the Clippers, who shot 44.6% from the field in the game. Caron Butler added 15 points for Los Angeles.

Tony Parker had seven points and 11 assists for the Spurs, and Borid Diaw added seven points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs shot 48.8% for the night. They outrebounded the Clippers 47-34, but also committed 18 turnovers.

Game 2 will be held Thursday night in San Antonio.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Spurs Game 1 Score: Tim Duncan Leads San Antonio To 57-49 Halftime Lead

Tim Duncan had 12 points in the first half to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 57-49 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime of Game 1 of their second round NBA playoff series Tuesday night at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Chris Paul had six points and six assists for the Clippers, who had one day off in between their first round series win over Memphis and Game 1 Tuesday. The Spurs, meanwhile, had seven days off after sweeping Utah.

Blake Griffin had 10 points and five rebounds for the Clippers.

Eric Bledsoe, who was impressive in the fourth quarter of Game 7 Sunday in Memphis, provided energy off the bench again on Tuesday, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists in aa minutes. DeAndre Jordan had eight rebounds and seven points in the first half for the Clippers, who shot 47.7% (21 for 44).

Danny Green added 11 points for the Spurs, who shot 48.9% (22 for 45) in the opening half.

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Clippers Vs. Spurs, NBA Playoffs Series Preview: Do The Clippers Stand A Chance?

The Conference Semifinals open Tuesday night with the Clippers facing the Spurs in San Antonio. The Clippers are exhausted and beat up, the Spurs are well-rested and healthy. Do the Clippers even stand a chance? They do as long as they have Chris Paul.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Spurs Vs. Clippers Game 1: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals series.

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Clippers vs. Spurs Schedule Released

Following a thrilling game seven win over the Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers now have to refocus and prepare for Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs in the conference quarterfinals. The Spurs earned the No. 1 seed for their excellent play in the regular season and will be a very tough out, especially given their rested knees after taking care of the Jazz in just four games.

The schedule for the Spurs vs. Clippers series has been released.

The first game will be played on Tuesday night in San Antonio. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PDT. Game two will be played on Thursday night at the same time.

Following an off day to travel, the Clippers will host the Spurs at Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday. Times for these games are TBD, although Saturday will be an afternoon game and Sunday will be played sometime in the evening.

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