NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio
(Tuesday, December 13th)
Final Score: San Antonio 95, LA Clippers 87 (OT)
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 27 points and 22 rebounds, and overcame a horrible night at the foul line, as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 95-87, in overtime at the SBC Center.
Tony Parker added 25 points, while Michael Finley contributed seven of his season-best 21 points in overtime and finished with 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won seven of their last eight games.
San Antonio, which played without Manu Ginobili, beat the Clippers for the eighth straight time. Ginobili was out with a sprained right foot.
"They're a good team. They came in here with something to prove," Finley said of the Clippers. "We wanted to show them we are still the best team in the Western Conference, and maybe the league."
Duncan was 12-of-25 from the field, but just 3-of-13 at the foul line. However, he made two crucial free throws late in the final quarter to send the game to overtime.
Elton Brand had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, while Sam Cassell added 20 points and 10 boards. Chris Kaman tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Wilcox scored 11, as Los Angeles lost its second straight after a four-game winning streak. The Clippers shot 33.3 percent from the field
"We just had a tough stretch there where we couldn't make anything," Brand said. "You can't shoot for that kind of percentage all year. Taking them to OT, that's one thing, but we had an opportunity for a victory here."
Finley canned a jumper to give the Spurs an 88-86 lead with 3:40 left in OT, and he followed that with a three-pointer. Bruce Bowen added a jumper with 1:25 remaining to make it 93-86 and secure San Antonio's seventh straight home win against LA.
The Clippers were in front 23-22 after one quarter and stretched that to 50-44 at the half. The third quarter was tight throughout with the Spurs taking a 68-67 edge going into the fourth.
Los Angeles was ahead by as many as six points in the fourth, as Brand's two free throws made it 78-72 with 6:35 remaining. However, the Spurs tied the game on Duncan's bank shot with 1:23 left.
Quinton Ross gave the Clippers an 84-82 lead with a left wing jumper with 17.5 seconds left, but Duncan hit two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining.
Neither team could convert on their final possession in regulation, forcing overtime.
LA out-rebounded San Antonio,61-58. That's the most rebounds for a Spurs opponent this season...The Spurs' 6-for-19 performance at the foul line marked a franchise-low for free throw percentage (31.6 percent)...San Antonio had a franchise-low four turnovers.
12/14 01:06:59 ET