NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio
(Wednesday, January 19th)
Final Score: San Antonio 80, LA Clippers 79
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker hit the game-winning basket with 7.8 seconds on the clock to lift the San Antonio Spurs to an 80-79 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at SBC Center.
Parker finished with a game-high 25 points, scoring 15 in the third quarter, and seven assists as the Spurs won their second straight and fourth in five outings.
Manu Ginobili, returning from a one-game absence due to a quad injury, added 13 points and Tim Duncan was held to 12 points, 14 boards and four blocks for San Antonio, which has won 13 in a row at home to improve its league-best home mark to 21-1.
Chris Kaman had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Clippers, who have dropped three consecutive and five of seven. Corey Maggette added 20 points for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles drew within 74-72 after an 11-0 run that was capped by a pair of Maggette free throws with 2:47 remaining. Then, after two Ginobili free throws with under two minutes left ended a nearly six-minute Spurs scoring drought, Rick Brunson nailed a three-pointer to make it a 76-75 contest.
Later, Duncan had a chance to make it a three-point game, but his dunk attempt with 54 seconds left was partially blocked by Elton Brand and the loose ball was recovered by the Clippers.
On the other end, Brand had a jumper bounce out with under 30 seconds on the clock, but Kaman got the rebound and LA called a timeout down 78-77 with 24 ticks remaining. Coming out of the huddle, Bobby Simmons was fouled by Ginobili and nailed both free throws for a 79-78 edge with 19.2 left.
The lead was the first for the Clippers since early in the third quarter.
San Antonio then called a timeout and on its ensuing possession Parker hit a driving layup with 7.8 remaining to regain the lead for the Spurs, 80-79.
The points were the first for Parker in the fourth quarter and ended an 0- for-11 struggle by the Spurs in the stanza. The Spurs finished just 4-of-18 in the quarter from the field.
The Clippers had one last chance for the win, but Brand's turnaround in the paint over Duncan hit off the rim and Ginobili got the board to run out the clock.
Brand ended with 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped both games this season and five straight to the Spurs.
"They are a tough team," said Ginobili. "We didn't have a great game. We went a while in the fourth without a point. We have to be happy to win an ugly game."
The Clippers led 41-40 after the first half and held a 43-40 edge when Parker took over in the third quarter. He sparked an 8-0 run by scoring the first seven of the burst to put the Spurs ahead. Later, he scored six of the game's final seven points of the frame to send San Antonio into the fourth ahead, 65-55.
Parker's 15 points in the frame outscored the Clippers by a point.
San Antonio's Robert Horry left the game with a right knee injury...The Spurs outscored the Clippers 48-28 in the paint...LA has lost seven of their last eight on the road...LA is 1-14 in its last 15 in San Antonio.
01/19 23:28:20 ET