NBA scores for Saturday included the Los Angeles Clippers beating the San Antonio Spurs convincingly. The final score was 98-87, with the Clippers securing a road win.
The Clippers are the only team with a winning record against the Spurs this season.
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After Saturday, the Clippers became one of the only teams to beat the Spurs multiple times this season. Los Angeles finished the season series at 3-1. It is only the fourth time that the Clippers have bested the Spurs in their team history. Saturday was also San Antonio’s 10th loss at home.
Clippers guard Chris Paul finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Center DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 17 rebounds in 36 minutes. Blake Griffin added 18 points for the Clippers, but he converted only seven of 19 shots.
After the game, Paul credited his team for getting into transition. He said that is when his team is at their best when they get in transition. All five Clippers starters finished in double figures for Los Angeles.
Head coach Doc Rivers said that it was a good road win for his team. He said he liked the win because both teams wanted to win the game. Rivers said it was a good competition, and his team kept playing.
After Saturday’s win, the Clippers head coach earned his 215th win with the Clippers, which ties the franchise record set by Mike Dunleavy.
Further, Rivers said his starters played great and his bench played well. Jamal Crawford added 12 points off the bench, while converting 50 percent of his field goals. Check out this cool crossover from Crawford
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 9, 2017
Headed into the game, Paul said they looked forward to playing the Spurs because the Clippers’ nucleus has played them as much as anyone. Both Paul and Griffin credited the Spurs for being a team that does not beat themselves, per the L.A. Times.
The Spurs also got forward Manu Ginobli back for this contest. Ginobli finished the game with only three points after resting for the past few games.
Overall, Kawhi Leonard’s offensive effort led the Spurs in the second half. Leonard finished the game with 28 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Paul Gasol also added 15 points and seven rebounds off of the bench for the Spurs.
The highlight of the game came via this dunk from Johnathan Simmons in the third quarter.
brought the juice for sure. pic.twitter.com/WNjYiryhNa
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 9, 2017
Still, San Antonio trailed by double-digits for most of the second half. They pulled within nine points with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. However, it would not be enough.
The Clippers made some defensive adjustments at halftime. They held Lamarcus Aldridge to four points in the second half after he registered 14 points in the first half. Aldridge scored eight straight points in the first quarter.
At halftime, the Spurs trailed by nine points, but they brought it to within six with about two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) April 9, 2017
Regardless, the Clippers were able to push the lead up to 12 points by the end of the third.
After this final score, the Clippers are the fifth seed in the Western Conference. They have the same amount of wins as Utah, but the Jazz have one less loss.
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) April 9, 2017
Moreover, the teams remain separated by half a game, and there are two games remaining on schedule for Los Angeles. The Clippers holds the tie-breaker over the Jazz.
After the win in San Antonio, L.A. pushed its victory streak to five games. They have won nine of their last 11. San Antonio entered the game winning seven of their last 10 games.
Additionally, the San Antonio Spurs are sitting firm as the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed.
The San Antonio Spurs play next at Portland on Monday night, while the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Houston Rockets on the same night.
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