Clippers rout Spurs behind Griffin and Paul

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 27

points, hitting 11 of 15 free throws, and the Los Angeles Clippers

defeated the San Antonio Spurs 115-92 Monday night, 48 hours after

completing a seven-game road trip.

Chris Paul added 23 points, eight

rebounds and seven assists, and Jamal Crawford had 17 points in his

second straight start for the Clippers, who repelled several threats in

the third quarter to maintain their lead.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds

for the Spurs, whose four-game winning streak ended. Tony Parker limped

off the court with a right shin contusion with 5:09 left in the third.

He finished with eight points and six assists in 26 minutes.

DeAndre Jordan added 11 rebounds and

Griffin had nine to help the Clippers control the boards, 43-36. Jared

Dudley had 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Los Angeles went 4-3 on its road trip,

closing it out Saturday with a 113-97 victory over the Washington

Wizards. The Clippers didn’t practice Sunday before facing off against

the Spurs, whose 19-5 record is third-best in the NBA.

San Antonio made one last run to open

the fourth, getting consecutive 3-pointers from Patty Mills and Danny

Green that drew the Spurs to 86-82.

The Clippers dominated the rest of the

way, stretching their lead to 106-86 during a 20-4 run that ended with

three 3-pointers in a row: one by Willie Green and two by Dudley.

Crawford put one last dagger in the

Spurs as he dribbled down the final seconds before casually popping a

deep 3 for the final basket.

The Clippers stretched their lead to

59-51 early in the third before the Spurs cut it to 59-58 after scoring

eight straight points.

Crawford, Griffin and Paul took over

the rest of the third, combining to score the Clippers’ last 20 points

and stretch their lead to 78-70 going into the fourth. Crawford launched

the 20-12 run by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Spurs got within three points on a

layup by Manu Ginobili before Griffin scored six of the Clippers’ next

eight points to extend their lead.

The Clippers trailed 28-21 after the

opening quarter before unleashing a 19-3 run to open the second. Green

bookended the spurt with 3-pointers, and in between five different

Clippers scored to give them a 40-31 lead. Griffin scored their final

eight points to send them into halftime leading 55-49.


Crawford started for the second straight game and just the second time

in 102 games with the team. … Clippers F Stephen Jackson faced his old

team for the first time since the Spurs released him last April. He was

signed by the Clippers last week and had six points. … Spurs coach

Gregg Popovich and some of the players, including Tony Parker, didn’t

arrive until about an hour before game time. “The sunset was great over

Santa Monica, so we stayed a little longer,” Popovich cracked.