NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio
(Saturday, March 13th)
Final Score: San Antonio 118, LA Clippers 88
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Bonner had a team-high 21 points, as the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 118-88 win, their 16th consecutive victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Spurs also completed the series sweep for the fourth consecutive season, as the Clippers haven't won against them since March 7, 2006. San Antonio's current streak against the Clippers is the league's longest by one team against a single opponent.
Richard Jefferson added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who have won three in a row and seven of eight overall. Manu Ginobili and George Hill each scored 14, while Hill had 11 assists and actually took over coaching duties from Gregg Popovich in the fourth quarter.
"Sometimes it's good to let the players do some of the coaching," Popovich said. "It makes them think a little bit and gives them confidence in what we are doing as a group."
Baron Davis totaled 22 points to pace the Clippers, who have lost seven in a row. Travis Outlaw had 17 points, six assists and five boards in the loss.
"We have to compete," Clippers head coach Kim Hughes said. "I think we had four players on our defensive side competing tonight and that's not enough. Whether we are playing back-to-backs, four games or five games, we need to be competitive. I thought most of our guys didn't compete."
The Spurs shot just under 59 percent, and did much of their damage in the first half, when they made 30-of-48 field goals.
Two of them came on consecutive Bonner threes near the end of the first quarter, which helped San Antonio take a 32-18 advantage moving to the second. The Spurs' offense continued to click, and a Hill jumper with 7:43 left in the half capped a seven-point burst for a 45-29 lead.
San Antonio led 65-48 at the break, and was ahead by double digits throughout the third. The difference stood at 90-68 going to the fourth, when the Spurs' starters sat as they cruised to the win.
The Spurs have won 29 of the last 32 matchups between the teams, as well as 15 in a row at home...The Clippers made 45.1 percent of their shots...San Antonio improved to 39-25, and sits in sixth place in the Western Conference, percentage points ahead of Phoenix.
03/14 03:51:59 ET