Clippers bench leads them past Spurs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “It is always fun to watch some of your teammates play well,” Jordan said. “Everyone in the second unit gave us a spark. I’m glad we’re so much deeper than we were last year.”Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 27 points and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds.The Spurs outrebounded the Clippers 54-42 but shot only 40.2 percent from the floor.“They are playing good defense, but we definitely missed some wide-open shots tonight,” Leonard said.The Clippers built a 57-45 lead at halftime and never again trailed. They were up by 14 with 43 seconds left, but gave up consecutive baskets on inbounds steals to make the score more respectable for the Spurs.“You have to play 48 minutes in this league, and we played 24,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We played the last 24 minutes competitively, with some energy, some toughness, some fiber, whatever you want to call it. We didn’t for the first 24 and they did it for 48.”The loss dropped San Antonio to 23-6, with two losses against the Clippers. The Spurs lost by 24 points to Los Angeles at home last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine UFC star ‘Cyborg’ Justino has potential failed doping test Senators to proceed with review of VFA Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled by Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs (C) in front of Pau Gasol #16 (R) in the second quarter of the game at Staples Center on December 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers were already down one big star against San Antonio on Thursday night when another one got hurt late in the third quarter.Without forward Blake Griffin to start and Chris Paul to finish, the Clippers went exclusively to their bench in the fourth quarter to pull out a 106-101 victory over the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Paul said he did not believe his left hamstring injury was serious and he was holding out hope he could play Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.“I’m OK,” Paul said. “I think I just tweaked my hamstring. I’m glad I caught it when I did. It’s probably going to come back, but hopefully I’ll be ready for Dallas.”Griffin missed his second game following knee surgery Tuesday and is expected to be out up to six weeks.Paul still led the Clippers in scoring with 19 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists. Marreese Speights had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Raymond Felton scored 13 to lead the barrage off the bench.Los Angeles reserve Jamal Crawford and starters J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan each had 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT It was only San Antonio’s second road loss this season in 17 games.The Clippers’ bench outscored the Spurs’ reserves 58-33. Los Angeles took an 81-73 lead into the fourth and coach Doc Rivers never did return to his starters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I just rode ’em,” he said.“That was great. That just shows the confidence we have in our reserves.” We are young View commentslast_img

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