NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio
(Monday, December 21st)
Final Score: San Antonio 103, LA Clippers 87
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker led seven Spurs in double figures with 19 points, as San Antonio rolled over the Clippers, 103-87.
"For us, Tony has to be at the top of his game. It's always been that way and always will be," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.
Tim Duncan added 13 points, while Richard Jefferson and Keith Bogans each chipped in 11 for the Spurs, winners of three straight and six of seven overall. Roger Mason came off the bench and netted 12 points in the win, San Antonio's 14th straight over the Clippers.
Chris Kaman ended with game-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Rasual Butler scored 18 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which fell to 2-2 on its six-game road trip.
San Antonio blew open a two-point lead by scoring the final 12 points of the opening quarter. Bogans started the spurt with a three-pointer, and Antonio McDyess gave the hosts a 33-19 lead with a buzzer-beating jumper.
Eric Gordon's back-to-back trifectas had the Clippers within 39-35 with five minutes to go in the half, but the Spurs made six straight shots from the floor, with Parker's jumper yielding a 57-46 edge at halftime.
A 12-2 run late in the third all but sealed the outcome, as McDyess's 15- footer made for an 80-62 score that increased to an 85-64 difference by the end of the frame and was never seriously threatened in the final stanza.
"We came out OK. It was a back and forth game, just late in the first we just slipped a little bit while in the second quarter we came back and played a little better," Kaman said. "Third quarter we played OK but fourth quarter we couldn't finish and that has been the sum of our season so far."
The Spurs are 13-1 against teams with a .500 or lower record this year...LA also plays at Houston and Phoenix on this road swing...The Clippers haven't won in the Alamo City since Jan. 31, 2002, also a span of 14 games...McDyess and Theo Ratliff scored 10 points apiece for the Spurs, who shot 50.6 percent from the field...Baron Davis ended with 11 points and six assists for LA.
12/22 01:53:49 ET