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

Chris Paul

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.



Five things to take from Clippers’ 105-86 victory over the Spurs

Chris Paul, left, gets up a shot over San Antonio’s David West during the Clippers’ 105-86 victory over San Antonio on Thursday/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill


– The Clippers (36-18) entered this game without a victory over a truly elite team. They were a collective 0-4 against the top three teams in the West – Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. So to beat the Spurs by 19 – even if it was the first game right out of the All-Star break – was a big deal. Yes, the Spurs (45-9) were without Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili. But the Clippers were minus Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni. That’s not to mention that Lance Stephenson was on his way to Memphis after being traded there for Jeff Green, who also was not available to the Clippers for this one.

Chris Paul has been a beast, and was again. He scored a game-high 28 points, doled out 12 assists, grabbed five rebounds, made a steal and blocked a shot in 37 hard minutes. He had just two of the team’s 18 turnovers. Paul shot 9 of 18 and made all seven of his free throws.

– With Rivers and Prigioni both out, Jamal Crawford played some backup point guard. The results were a mixed bag. He came through with six assists to go along with his 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting. But he committed seven turnovers in 30 minutes.

– When LaMarcus Aldridge (3 of 12) and Tim Duncan (1 of 6) shoot a combined 4 of 18, it’s going to be difficult for the Spurs to beat a good team. Part of that was Clippers defense, part of it was just poor shooting.

Cole Aldrich played 20 tough and successful minutes for the Clippers. The backup post scored eight points on 4 of 5 shooting, pulled down eight rebounds, doled out two assists and blocked three shots. Seriously, this young man plays hard. He doesn’t back down.

BONUS TAKE: How do you not acknowledge DeAndre Jordan? He scored just nine points. But he also grabbed 17 rebounds, made three steals and blocked two shots in 37 minutes.

Jamal Crawford scores nine points to help Clippers to 42-34 halftime lead over Spurs at Staples Center

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Jamal Crawford scored nine points off the bench and Paul Pierce scored eight to help the Clippers take a lead of 42-34 over the San Antonio Spurs into the halftime break Thursday night at Staples Center.

Patty Mills scored seven off the bench for San Antonio and LaMarcus Aldridge scored six.

The short-handed Clippers are without Blake Griffin (hand), Austin Rivers (hand), Pablo Prigioni (illness) and newly acquired Jeff Green.


Five things to take from Clippers’ 115-107 loss at San Antonio

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


– This loss means the Clippers (16-11) are still without a signature victory
this season. But they do seem to play well against the best teams in the
league. Now if they can do that against everyone instead of playing down to
the competition, that consistency might result in victories when they do come
up against the elite. Think about it.

– Real nice game by Chris Paul. He went for 27 points on 8 of 14 shooting,
made 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, doled out 10 assists and made three
steals. Oh, and he had just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

– From a scoring standpoint, Blake Griffin also did well, coming through with
25 points on 10 of 19 from the field. he also had five assists. But it’s also
a bit disturbing when the powerfully built 6-foot-10 forward only comes up
with five rebounds, and he played a team-high 40 minutes.

DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who were nevertheless
outrebounded 44-37. Jordan also had two blocks and 16 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been a heck of an acquisition for the Spurs (23-5), and makes
them that much tougher. He had 26 points and 13 rebounds and is now averaging
16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Clippers and Spurs are tied 55-55 at halftime at AT&T Center

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Blake Griffin scored 13 points and Chris Paul had 10 as the Clippers were tied with the host San Antonio Spurs 55-55 at halftime on Friday.

The Clippers (16-10) shot 55.6 percent from the field overll, 54.5 (6 of 11) from 3-point range.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs (22-5) with 12 points and Kawhi Leonard had 10.
San Antonio shot 51.1 percent – 66.7 (6 of 9) from beyond the arc.

VIDEO: Clippers should thank Chris Kaman for pushing Chris Paul to the floor

Perhaps Chris Kaman was doing his old team a favor when he purposely pushed down Chris Paul late in the third quarter Wednesday night at Portland. The Clippers were down 11 points (92-81) at the time and rallied for a huge 126-122 victory at Moda Center in Portland.

The Clippers trailed by as many as 19 points (51-32) midway through the second quarter. That they came back to win a night after giving up a 17-point second-quarter lead and losing 110-106 to Golden State at Staples Center says a lot about the Clippers’ overall character.

Most importantly, Paul scored a season-high 41 points and doled out 17 assists. Again, this was a day after Golden State’s Steph Curry embarrassed Paul by sending him sprawling on an ankle-breaking dribble move that was talked about a lot in the world of sports Wednesday.

After Kaman pushed Paul, Glen “Big Baby” Davis rushed to Paul’s defense, only to taste the canvas after being headed off at the pass by LaMarcus Aldridge, who shoved Davis away from Kaman.

Either way, this is the type of victory that could go a long way in giving the Clippers (50-26) an emotional boost that could be long-lasting.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked if Kaman pushing Paul was the best thing that could have happened for his team in the game.

“It didn’t hurt, but CP (Paul) already had it going before that, to be honest,” Rivers said. “That just brought more energy into the game. When you’re lacking energy, you’re just looking for anything. Little plays like that can help you. Or they can do you in, too. You never know how that’s going to go. I was happy how we responded after that.”

Paul was queried as to whether Kaman’s boneheaded move helped him take him up another notch.

“No, the shove didn’t take me to another level,” Paul said. “It gave me a chance to make it to the free-throw line and get a little rhythm. But I think it was just a gutsy win.”

If you haven’t seen the incident for which Kaman was called for a flagrant 1 foul, here it is: