LOS ANGELES, April 9 (Ticker) --
In a game filled with clutch shots, big
plays and enough twists and turns to satisfy a season-ticket
holder, Robert Horry put an exclamation mark on a win by the San
Horry buried a go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing seconds and
then had a block on the other end to seal the Spurs' 125-124
double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
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The sequence allowed the Spurs to rebound from an embarrassing
loss at Dallas on Thursday in dramatic fashion and maintain
their four-game lead in the Southwest Division.
Los Angeles rookie Shaun Livingston scored eight of his
season-high 18 points after regulation and gave his club a
124-122 lead with a layup with 32 seconds left.
San Antonio guard Tony Parker missed on the other end, but
teammate Brent Barry won the scramble for the rebound and passed
to Horry, who hit the decisive shot with 22 seconds to go.
Livingston, who forced the second overtime with a layup with 25
seconds to go in the first extra session, dribbled the clock
down on the other end before penetrating and finding Mikki Moore
underneath for what looked like an easy basket.
Horry swooped across the lane and made a clean block just before
time expired, giving the Spurs their seventh straight win in
San Antonio trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half
and was down, 88-79, with less than nine minutes left in
regulation before Manu Ginobili took over. The All-Star guard
scored 17 of his 40 points in the final 8:22 of the fourth,
including a three-point play with 15 seconds to go for a 105-103
Chris Kaman, who had missed the previous four games with a
strained lower back, answered for the Clippers with seven
seconds left to force overtime.
Ginobili scored the Spurs' last eight points in the first
overtime while Livingston added six for the Clippers, who played
the bulk of the extra sessions without Corey Maggette, Elton
Brand and Chris Wilcox, who all fouled out.
Maggette led six players in double figures with 24 points and
Kaman had 20 and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which was playing
its first home game since March 25 and coming off a 2-5 road