2/3/20 LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers with a record of (34-15) knew they were going to have their hands full with Demar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs (22-26) at the Staple Center.
The Clippers found themselves down by ten points 39-29 at the end of the first quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge led Spurs with 12 points, followed by DeRozan with 11 points. Patrick Beverly had 9 points for Clippers.
In the second quarter, the Spurs were up by fifteen points 49-34 forcing the Clippers to call a timeout with 8:51 let in the first half. The Spurs' defense was keeping Paul George in check with 5 points, and Kawhi Leonard just 3 points.
The Clippers had cut the Spurs lead to just five points 59-54 after a made basket by Leonard. The Spurs led at halftime, leading 63-54. Leonard led the Clippers in scoring with 12 points.
The leading scorer for the Spurs was DeRozan with 21 points. The Clippers tied the game in the third quarter 65-65, after a dunk by Ivica Zuback. The Clippers got their first lead of the game after an and-one by George made the score 68-65.
The Clippers led 85-82 at the end of the quarter after Lou Wiliams dribble-drive to the basket passed the ball to a wide-open JaMychal Green for a three-point basket.
In the fourth quarter, George tied the game 93-93 after two free-throws, but LaMarcus Aldridge's fall-away jump shot push the Spurs lead up to 97-95 with 4:59 left in the game.
Patrick Beverly tied the game 102-102 after his three-pointer, and moments later, Leonard right-hand monster dunk gave the Clippers 104-102 lead with 1:10 left in the game. George gave the Clippers a four-point lead 106-102 with 13.7 seconds left in the game.
The Spurs' Patty Mills made a three-pointer making the score 106-105 with 02.8 seconds left in the game, and the Clippers called timeout to advance the ball to mid-court. Lou Williams was fouled and made two-free-throws to secure a 108-105 victory.
The Clippers defense in the third quarter was the key factor that allowed them to stay in the game despite big shots by San Antonio down the stretch.
"The third quarter, allowing the Spurs to score 19 points, we played our best basketball of the game," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said." That quarter allowed us to have a better flow on offense coming into the fourth quarter."
The Clippers free throw shooting at the end of the game and rebounding was the difference in the fourth quarter. For more photos from this game, the gallery is located right below this post. All the photos are by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1. #NBA, #LAClippers, #SanAntonioSpurs, #TGSportstv1,