NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at LA Clippers
(Friday, December 31st)
Final Score: San Antonio 98, LA Clippers 79
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan posted 23 points and eight rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 98-79 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
Tony Parker scored 21 points and dished out 11 assists for the Spurs, who have won five straight and 10 of 11 overall as well as four consecutive in the series.
Corey Maggette finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds and for the Clippers, who have lost eight of their last 10 games. Rick Brunson delivered 17 points and eight assists.
Brent Barry added 12 points for San Antonio, which overturned a 26-20 deficit in the second quarter. His three-pointer, with less than three minutes left in the second forced a 35-35 tie. The teams ended the quarter in a 39-39 tie.
"Our defense got us going in the second quarter," said San Antonio assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, who led the team after head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected late in the first quarter. "[Parker] got us going and got us focused. A lot of guys played well."
The Spurs opened the third quarter with seven straight points. A driving dunk by Duncan less than four minutes into the third opened a 46-39 edge.
Maggette made two foul shots less than a minute later to trim the Clippers deficit to 46-41.
But San Antonio responded with a 14-3 burst. A 20-foot jumper by Parker, midway through the third, put them ahead 60-44.
Brunson hit a three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to cap a 16-8 surge and bring the Clippers within 70-62.
Los Angeles cut its deficit to 70-64 early in the fourth quarter on hook shot by Zeljko Rebraca.
But San Antonio went on a 15-4 flurry to take control. Barry hit two free throws with 7:18 to go to make it 85-68.
The Clippers never threatened the rest of the way.
Los Angeles used a 14-4 burst to overcome an early 8-6 deficit. Corey Maggette hit a free throw late in the first to put it ahead 20-12. The team led 22-14 at the end of the quarter.
Bruce Bowen scored 10 points for the Spurs, who have won four of the last five meetings...Bobby Simmons posted 10 points and seven boards for the Clippers, who fell to 9-8 at home this season...Duncan has scored in double-digits in all 31 games this season for San Antonio, which improved to 11-5 on the road...Los Angeles guard Marko Jaric is expected to miss four weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.
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