Game #26 | December 16, 2013
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – Maybe it’s because there wasn’t much time to think about being tired. Or maybe a blowout win in Washington two days ago provided the kind of positive momentum needed to carry the Clippers home.

Whatever it was, they overcame a somewhat sluggish first quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs, 115-92, in the Clippers’ first game at Staples Center in 15 days.

It was the largest margin of victory in franchise history over the Spurs (19-5), and a boisterous welcome home.

“The best part of this game, to me, was that we knew what we had to do coming in,” Blake Griffin said. “We knew we were coming in off a road trip and guys were going to be tired and we didn’t relax and use that as an excuse.”

Griffin scored a game-high 27 points, including going 11-for-15 from the foul line, with nine rebounds. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. And Willie Green had 11 points off the bench.

The Clippers (17-9) outscored San Antonio, 94-61, over the final 33:41 of the game after trailing 31-21 early in the second quarter. They had 37 points off 22 Spurs turnovers and withstood a final push by a Spurs team without Tony Parker, who left the game in the third quarter with a right shin contusion, after they cut the lead to four with just over seven minutes to go.

“[The Spurs] cut it to four, 86-82,” Paul said. “Danny Green hit a three on the left wing and then, me and Blake came back in and we sort of pushed the tempo and got some stops and got that lead back.”

The Clippers turned the game around in the second quarter. They scored 34 points against the league’s stingiest second-quarter defense, including a 19-0 run sparked by Stephen Jackson and Darren Collison and punctuated by an alley-oop by DeAndre Jordan off a double-clutch pass from Paul and a corner 3-pointer by Willie Green out of a Spurs timeout.

“I look as 19-0 runs as defensive runs,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “I think most people look at them as offensive runs. Well, the only way you go 19-0 is by shutting out at the other end. I assume we can score. That’s the way I look at it, but if you get stops you can make a run.”

For the final eight minutes of the period, it was San Antonio that looked like the team with a body clock slogging through Eastern Standard Time after a 13-day road trip. The Clippers led by six at halftime and never trailed after taking a 33-31 lead on a layup by Collison.

“San Antonio, for so many years you’ll see them down 10 and all of a sudden they’re up two at the end of the game,” said Jamal Crawford, who scored 17 points in his second start of the season. “They do that everybody. For us tonight, we weathered that and we increased our lead.

“It’s very gratifying because they’re one of the best teams in the league and it shows on any given night we can play with anybody.”

NOTES

Collison had 10 points off the bench and Jared Dudley scored 14 points, including going 4-for-6 from 3-point range… The Clippers were 11-for-23 from 3-point range. Since last season, they are 19-2 when making at least 11 shots from long range… Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 32:17… Paul has scored 61 points on 19-of-27 shooting in the last two games… The Clippers are 5-5 in their last 10 regular season games against the Spurs…

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on the team's defense:

“I thought our defense was great, I thought Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] particular and everybody played, but we asked them to do something in our pick and roll coverage and they did it the whole game. To be able to do that and to get back under the basket is exhausting. They both did it throughout the game, and it really helped [Chris Paul] and all the other guard take away that downhill drive to [Tony] Parker and all the other guys. I’m very proud of them.”

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Clippers forward Jared Dudley on how the Clippers prepared for tonight’s game on short rest:

“We have to give credit to Doc [Rivers]. We had Sunday off, no shootaround today and did not have to arrive at the arena until 4:45 p.m. today, just so that guys could get the extra rest and adjust to the time zone. Doc is a big proponent on rest, so I credit him.”

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Clippers guard Chris Paul on what the win over the Spurs means:

“I’m not reading too much into it. I tell you, one thing about this league is it’s all about consistency, but we really haven’t put games like this together on a streak. We’ve done this before in games, but if we do this for a while I’ll feel better.”

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin on the 19-0 run in the second quarter:

“It started with defense. They didn’t get to the lane, they tried to force passes. That got us going and we got in transition and got easy layups and that gives guys confidence to knock down shots.”

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Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on where his team lost the game:

“We were in control in the first half, up by ten. Both teams went small and we just started the turnover spree at that point. If you give up 34 points off turnovers, you can’t beat anybody.”

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LOS ANGELES – When Clippers head coach Doc Rivers stood in front the media in Washington, D.C. after Saturday night’s 113-97 win to close out a seven-game road trip, he was asked about coming home to face the San Antonio Spurs two days later.

“Welcome home,” he said.

The reigning Western Conference champions make their first of two visits to Staples Center on Monday and come in riding a three-game winning streak. The Spurs (19-4) opened the season winning 13 of their first 14 and once again appear headed to a top seed in the West.

For the Clippers (16-9), it is not only their first chance to make up some ground on San Antonio, but also an opportunity for some needed time at home. They have played 15 of their first 25 games on the road, more than any team in the NBA, and just wrapped up a 4-3 trip the included seven stops and more than 6,000 air miles.

“It was a good trip overall,” Rivers said. “I would have loved to have won all seven like I said before, but we didn’t. We went on a seven-game road trip and we came back with a better record than we left and that’s how we have to look at it.”

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP



BLAKE GRIFFIN VS. TIM DUNCAN

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The two power forwards were picked No. 1 overall a dozen years apart. But that hasn’t stopped Duncan from continuing to produce at an All-Star level in later years. He was a first team All-NBA performer in 2012-13 helping lead the Spurs back to the Finals for the first time since 2007. This season he’s averaging just 13.7 points and 8.8 rebounds, but doing it in 27.9 minutes per game. Still, he’s coming off three straight double-doubles and as well as a 23-point, 21-board game in Atlanta on Dec. 2.

Those numbers are akin to Griffin this season. He’s the only player in the NBA averaging better than 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and shooting at least 50 percent and recorded 11 double-doubles in a row at one point. On the Clippers’ road trip, though, Griffin only scored 20 points or more twice and had just two double-doubles (both in Clippers’ losses).

In 10 career meetings, Griffin is 4-6 against Duncan. However, he has been statistically superior in all major categories, including owning a 19.7 to 13.9 point per game advantage.

THINGS TO WATCH


1. Execution.Rivers used the Spurs as an example throughout training camp. He said they were one of a few teams in the league that was entering the season with a built-in chemistry advantage. Mainly that has to do with the continuity of Gregg Popovich’s system with Duncan, leading-scorer Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. It also means they are one of the better executing teams in the league because of it.

“It’s a test, a good test,” Griffin said. “To be away for a long period of time and come home and play a top-notch team, a team that always executes and plays the right way, so that’s why I think it will be a good test for us.”

In the past, Parker has strung out the Clippers’ defense with pick-and-roll action. With Rivers in L.A. it will be worth watching how they handle Parker on Monday. In nine career matchups with Rivers’ Celtics between 2007-08 and 2012-13, Parker never tallied more than eight assists, never got to the foul line more than six times and lost five times.

2. Stephen Jackson. Less than a year ago, Jackson, who the Clippers signed Tuesday night, was an integral part of a Spurs team headed to a No. 2 seed in the Playoffs. But he was released in April and did not catch on with another team until the depleted Clippers came calling. Jackson vows to be a different player, saying he learned from his mistakes in San Antonio.

Monday will be Jackson’s first home game after playing in the past three games on the road. Out of pure scheduling coincidence it will come against his former team. Could Jackson aid the Clippers in preparation? Maybe. But the most interesting thing to watch will be his interaction with his former teammates and Popovich. Duncan called Jackson the “ultimate teammate” in the past and Popovich though highly enough of him to bring Jackson back a second time two years ago despite a somewhat turbulent past.

NOTES

The Clippers are 3-4 against the Spurs since 2011-12, but were swept in the second round of the 2012 Playoffs… The Spurs are first in the NBA in net efficiency (11.4). The Clippers are seventh (4.9)… Jamal Crawford started for the first in 101 games as Clipper on Dec. 14. Rivers said he will make a decision on whether o not Crawford will start again Monday before the game… San Antonio is 0-4 against teams among the top seven records in the league. At 16-9, the Clippers are tied for the sixth best record with the Rockets… The Spurs have the second highest scoring bench in the NBA (46.1 points per game)… The Clippers have the best record in the Western Conference in intra-conference games (10-3)…

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Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Paul 38
Reb: Jordan 10
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Spurs Leaders:
Pts: Duncan 22
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Ast: Parker 7

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