Down by a point after 3 quarters, Clippers lose by 21 at San Antonio

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Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers trailed the San Antonio Spurs by just a point at 71-70 after three quarters Tuesday night at San Antonio. But the Spurs opened the fourth quarter on a 26-9 run and rolled to a 108-87 victory over the Clippers. It was the first game of a five-game road trip that continues Wednesday in Houston.

Chris Paul led the Clippers (42-24) with 22 points, DeAndre Jordan scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Jeff Green scored 15 and J.J. Redick had 14 points. The foursome shot a combined 26 of 47 (55.3 percent).

It was the bench that hurt the Clippers. Reserves shot a combined 6 of 22 (27.2 percent). Sixth-man Jamal Crawford was 1 of 9 from the field, Austin Rivers 1 of 5.

The bench scored just 20 points. The Spurs’ bench scored 51.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs (57-10) with 20 points, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 and Patty Mills had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench. Manu Ginobili had 13 points in reserve and Danny Green scored 12 while making 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

San Antonio is now 33-0 at home.