The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers got back from the break on Tuesday night, and the Spurs continued their effective play without Tony Parker by grinding out the 113-103 win.
San Antonio improved to 6-1 this season when playing without their starting point guard. Backup guard Patty Mills thrilled with 25 points—14 of them in the fourth quarter—and five assists. Tim Duncan poured in 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Blake Griffin was ravenous with 35 points and 12 boards, but the Clippers could not feed off that. Jamal Crawford turned in 25 points, and DeAndre Jordan tallied 18 rebounds plus six blocks. Chris Paul scored 11 and handed out nine assists, but he made only one field goal on 10 attempts.
The Clippers shot just 43 percent, but aside from Griffin and Crawford, the rest of the team made just 13 field goals from 42 shots (31 percent).
The Spurs started slow but turned in a rock-solid second quarter and opened up a 56-51 lead at the half and finished with 12-1 run. They hounded the Clippers on their lob attempts and never let the hosts get in a rhythm, holding them off down the stretch.
With their three-game win streak snapped, the Clippers now embark on a three-game road swing starting with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
The Spurs are now 5-2 on their rodeo road trip, and they finish up with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
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