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(23-15)
120

(26-13)
108
Game #38
AT&T Center | San Antonio, TX
March 9, 2012 | 5:30 PM (PST)
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RADIO: KFWB 980 AM
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  • CLIPPERS OUT RUN SPURS FOR FIRST WIN IN SAN ANTONIO SINCE 2002
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    After weathering years of empty trips to San Antonio, the Clippers left town with a 120-108 win.

    San Antonio was rainy on a night the Clippers (23-15) hit a flood of 3-pointers, most by Mo Williams who had a season-high 33 points and hit 7-of-9 from deep.

    With the game in the balance after a fourth-quarter surge by the Spurs (26-13), Williams' hit a 3-pointer that gave some the Clippers some breathing room at 101-97. The Spurs would come back to tie the game at 103 before Williams hit his sixth and seventh 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions that gave the Clippers the lead for good.

    “I had it going and made shots," said Williams, who credited being comfortable in the stormy weather to getting him going. "I got into a rhythm early and that always helps me.”


    MORE: Williams part of offensive explosion
    Williams and Chris Paul, who tied a season-high with 36 points in addition to dishing out 11 assists, combined for more than half the Clippers point total on the last night of their six-game road trip, which ended with their first win in San Antonio since 2002 and first-ever regular-season win at AT&T Center.

    The Clippers were able to break even with a 3-3 record on their trip thanks to the gaudy scoring exploits of Paul and Williams and a hot hand that spread throughout the team. Paul and Randy Foye each converted three 3-pointers and Bobby Simmons had one as well.

    “We shot it well, they shot it well, but we were just able to make a couple of more plays down the stretch,” Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. “It was a difficult game in terms of it being the last game of the road trip. I’m proud of the way the guys battled and grinded it out.”

    The Spurs were staying in the high-scoring affair with 12 3-pointers of their own. But they didn't have the services of point guard Tony Parker due to a thigh contusion. Manu Ginobili's 22 points led San Antonio, but without their speedy All-Star they couldn't keep up when the Clippers.

    Clippers forward Kenyon Martin missed the game with bruised ribs. He is listed as day-to-day.

    DeAndre Jordan played just five minutes while picking up five fouls, but Blake Griffin (15 points) provided much-needed frontcourt offense and the defense came courtesy of Reggie Evans, who grabbed 13 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.

    “We played with a great sense of urgency and we actually defended pretty well early,” Paul said. “They were making shots, then we buckled down and they started missing shots. If we play like this, we are going to give ourselves an opportunity to win every night.”

    The Clippers got some payback after the Spurs stole a win at Staples Center last month. In improving their road record to 11-10, the Clippers also remained percentage points ahead of the Lakers in the Pacific Division.

    The road trip had been rocky for the Clippers. Since a win in Sacramento, the Clippers had each of their next four games go down to the wire. But they had lost three of four by a combined five points.

    “This was a big win for us,” Paul said. “Coming into tonight we were two and three on this road trip and get to go back home knowing we split and end it at winning three out of the six. That was huge for us and leads to a calm flight back to L.A.”


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