NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at LA Clippers
(Monday, March 2nd)
Final Score: San Antonio 106, LA Clippers 78
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists as the San Antonio Spurs continued their dominance over the Clippers with a 106-78 drubbing, their 11th straight over Los Angeles.
Tim Duncan, in his second game back after missing three games with a right quad injury, added 18 points, 12 rebounds and six helpers to help snap the Spurs' two-game slide.
Michael Finley hit four three-pointers on his way to 14 points, and Matt Bonner chipped in 14 as well in the lopsided triumph.
Al Thornton and Baron Davis scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, but combined to hit a woeful 9-of-33 from the floor for the Clippers, who were without forward Zach Randolph (personal) and guard Eric Gordon (shoulder).
LA, which also received a 14-point effort from Fred Jones, has dropped six of eight overall.
"We struggled so much to make shots," Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We had good percentage shots that we didn't make. They have the top three- point shooting team in the league. We didn't do a good job defensively."
The Spurs jumped out to 26-21 first-quarter lead and increased the margin to 12 early in the second quarter behind a 9-0 run. Parker's layup capped the rally around the eight-minute mark and San Antonio cruised to a 49-36 lead at the break.
Finley bookended 11 straight San Antonio points midway through the third with a pair of three-pointers for a 74-48 cushion. Bonner added a trey and Parker netted a layup during the run for the visitors, who owned a comfortable 80-59 with 12 minutes to play.
A 7-2 run to start the fourth had the Clippers within 16, but that's as close as the hosts came to upending the Southwest Division leaders.
"We did a pretty good job defensively," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "The defense has to be there and we did that tonight. They were missing some of their guys and it made it a lot easier for us, that's for sure."
San Antonio hasn't lost three games in a row since opening the season 0-3. The Spurs last lost to the Clips on March 7, 2006 in LA...Marcus Camby finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for the Clips, who were outrebounded, 52-37.
03/03 01:17:41 ET