NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio
(Saturday, December 22nd)
Final Score: San Antonio 99, LA Clippers 90
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored a game-high 34 and ripped down 18 rebounds, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 99-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the AT&T Center.
Tony Parker finished with 18 points and Ime Udoka had 17 points and eight boards for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Additionally, Manu Ginobili left late in the first quarter with a left forefinger injury.
Al Thornton scored 25 for the Clippers, demolishing his previous career-high of 13. Chris Kaman finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but Los Angeles dropped its fourth straight.
The Clippers also had a player exit the game. Tim Thomas left with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter with a sprained left knee, after coming into contact with teammate Cuttino Mobley.
With the Spurs up by just six, after holding a 20-point lead earlier in the game, Duncan took over. He converted a three-point play with 1:17 left to put San Antonio up 95-86, made two free throws with 43 seconds to play, and a layup with three seconds remaining for a 99-88 Spurs lead.
Meanwhile, the Clippers mustered just one field goal -- a Kaman turnaround jumper -- in the same stretch. Mobley, who had 16 points for the game, made a shot as the clock ran out.
The Spurs made three straight shots -- a Parker layup, a Michael Finley three, and a Duncan layup -- to take a 15-5 lead in the first quarter. San Antonio didn't pull away any further, but did take a 24-16 lead into the second stanza.
Late in the second, the Spurs used a 9-0 run to take a 21-point lead. Duncan closed it out with two free throws and a layup with 2:53 before halftime to extend the San Antonio lead to 51-30. Mobley hit a three to close out the scoring, but the Clippers still went into the break trailing 60-39.
San Antonio maintained a 20-point lead for the majority of the third quarter until the Clippers closed the stanza with six straight points. Thornton had a couple free throws, then a jumper with two seconds left to bring Los Angeles within 77-63.
The Clippers trimmed their deficit even further in the fourth, getting it under 10 points. Quentin Ross' layup and Kaman's jumper came back-to-back to make it an 85-76 contest with 7:10 left.
Los Angeles clawed back in the game one last time, trailing by 14 with 4:15 left. An eight-point burst, capped by a Dan Dickau layup with 1:40 left, trimmed the San Antonio lead to 92-86.
After the game, the Spurs retired Avery Johnson's number. His No. 6 joined James Silas, George Gervin, Johnny Moore, David Robinson and Sean Elliott in the rafters at the AT&T Center. Johnson is currently the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, but was the Spurs starting point guard from 1994-2001, the team's all-time leader in assists (4,474), and a member of San Antonio's first NBA Championship squad in 1999...The Clippers announced Saturday that forward Paul Davis will be out indefinitely with a torn ACL in his right knee. Davis suffered the injury in the second quarter of the team's game Friday at Dallas.
12/22 23:55:26 ET