Clippers best Grizzlies; set sail for San Antonio

Clippers best Grizzlies; set sail for San Antonio

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by David Flores /

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Updated Sunday, May 13 at 4:02 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers recorded one of the most impressive victories in franchise history Sunday, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 82-72 on the road to close out their first-round series and advance to the Western Conference semifinals against the Spurs.

Game 1 is at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

Game 2 is also at the AT&T Center and tips off at 8:30 p.m.

The Clippers, who originated as the Buffalo Braves in 1970, have won only three playoff series in 41 years and just two since the franchise moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984.

Coached by former Spurs guard Vinny Del Negro, the Clippers finished the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season 40-26,

The Spurs, who haven't played since last Monday when they completed a first-round sweep of the Utah Jazz, were 2-1 against the Clippers during the regular season.

Seeded No. 1 in the Western Conference, San Antonio has won 14 consecutive games.

The Spurs beat the Clippers 115-90 last Dec. 28 at the AT&T Center and 103-100, in overtime, on Feb. 28 at the Staples Center.

Led by Chris Paul, who scored 36 points, the Clippers defeated the Spurs 120-108 on March 9 at the AT&T Center. Mo Williams also had an outstanding game for the Clippers, coming off the bench to contribute 33 points. He also hit 7 of 9 shots from beyond 3-point range.

The Clippers shots 51.2 percent and made 51.9 percent (14 of 27) of their 3-point attempts.

The Spurs came close to getting a rematch with the team that ousted them in the first round of the playoffs last year. Memphis' upset of the Spurs last year marked only the second time that a No. 8 seed beat a No. 1 seed since the NBA went to a best-of-7 format in the first round of the playoffs. 

Spurs vs. Clippers

Western Conference semifinals schedule

Game 1: at San Antonio, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.

Game 2: at San Antonio, Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

Game 3: at Los Angeles, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Game 4: at Los Angeles, Sunday, May 20, 9:30 p.m.

*Game 5: at San Antonio, Tuesday, May 22, time TBA

*Game 6: at Los Angeles, Friday, May 25, time TBA

*Game 7: at San Antonio, May 27, time TBA

* if necessary