NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at San Antonio
(Wednesday, March 26th)
Final Score: San Antonio 97, LA Clippers 88
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-88, at the AT&T Center.
Tony Parker added 15 points and Michael Finley 14 for the Spurs, who have won five straight. Manu Ginobili donated 13 points for San Antonio, which remains tied with Southwest division rival Houston for the third playoff seed in the West. Each club has identical records of 49-23 for the season. The Rockets beat the Timberwolves 97-86 on Wednesday.
Corey Maggette scored 22 points and Al Thornton had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped nine straight. Chris Kaman added 16 points for Los Angeles.
Trailing 79-73, LA went on an 11-0 run. Kaman's jumper with 7:23 left gave the Clippers their first lead -- 80-79 -- since they led 3-2 early. Maggette's back- to-back jumpers capped the surge and gave LA an 84-79 advantage with 5:59 to go.
The Spurs, though, answered with a 10-0 run while holding the Clippers scoreless for 4:16. Ginobili's three with 2:54 left put San Antonio ahead 85-84. His driving finger roll with 1:43 showing on the clock put the Spurs up 89-84.
Moments later, Finley put the game away for the Spurs with a three with 37 seconds left.
The Spurs led 27-18 after the opening 12 minutes but the Clippers were able to get within 48-44 at the half.
Bruce Bowen's three-pointer with 26 seconds left in the third gave San Antonio a 74-71 lead heading into the final quarter.
Kaman missed the previous nine games with a sore lower back...The Spurs shot 50 percent, while LA shot 39.5...The Clippers failed to score a field goal in the final 5:59...San Antonio has dominated this series in recent years, having won 16 of its 17 most recent matchups with the Clippers, including the last eight encounters. Los Angeles has also tasted defeat in each of its last 11 visits to the AT&T Center and hasn't won in San Antonio since January 31, 2002.
03/26 23:48:13 ET