SAN ANTONIO – Not quite two weeks into the season, the Spurs already have lost one more home game than they did during their entire 2015-16 campaign.
Blake Griffin scored 28 points, Chris Paul dished out 10 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers trounced the Silver and Black 116-92 Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
The game was the Clippers' fifth in seven nights, but they didn't look any worse for the wear. The final score does not reflect how they dominated the Spurs in every phase of the game. Los Angeles led 39-24 after one quarter and was up 73-55 at halftime. That's no typo. The Clippers scored 73 points in the first two quarters
"They got away from us in that first quarter, second quarter as well, scoring 39 in the first, 34 in the second," Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard said. "But also we didn't do a good job on offense."
San Antonio cut the deficit to six points (43-37) with 8:38 left in the second quarter, but the Clippers outscored the Spurs 30-18 the rest of the way to take a 73-55 halftime lead.
"Well, Blake was great, but their whole team beat us soundly, embarrassingly," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They were terrific. The transition was great. Our transition defense was really poor. Blake was obviously really good. Chris was magnificent in running the show and making everything work. They beat us very, very, very well."
The Spurs (5-2) won't play again until it hosts Houston on Wednesday night. The Clippers improved to 5-1. Both teams were playing the second game of a back-to-back.
The loss was the second in a row at the AT&T Center for the Silver and Black, who went 39-0 on their home court last season before losing to Golden State on April 10. They beat Oklahoma City two nights later, finishing 40-1 at the AT&T Center and tying the 1985-86 Boston Celtics for the best home record in NBA history.
Griffin scored 16 of his 28 points in the first quarter, hitting 7 of 8 shots. The Silver and Black jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 90 seconds, but the Clippers roared back behind Paul and Griffin. Paul didn't score in the first quarter, but he passed for six assists. He finished with only nine points, but also chipped in eight rebounds and two steals to go with his 10 assists.
"Blake, most important, had his jumper working," Spurs backup forward David Lee said. "We all know he can attack the rim and be successful doing that. A lot of those possessions we watched at halftime. LaMarcus (Aldridge) played great defense on him.
"He (Griffin) took five or six dribbles and had it contested along the two, which is what our defense is geared toward him taking. So give him credit in the first half. He made some tough shots."
Aldridge led the Spurs with 19 points, making 7 of 13 shots, including 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. Kawhi Leonard, the Silver and Black's top scorer in their first six games, made only 3 of 13 field-goal attempts and finished with 14 points. Pau Gasol had 11 points and was the only other Spur to score in double figures.
Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 16 points for the Clippers, making 6 of 10 shots, 3 of 5 from the 3-point line. Marreese Speights, another reserve, finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. JJ Redick and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Clippers shot 51.6 percent (47/91) and the Spurs hit 40.5 percent (30/74) of their attempts.
Both teams played their reserves for the entire fourth quarter.
Patty Mills started at point guard for Tony Parker, who is out with a soreness in his right knee. Mills made only 1 of 7 shots and finished with four points. He started at Utah on Friday night and had 16 points.
Here is a quarter-by-quarter rundown of the game:
Final: Clippers 116, Spurs 92.
Fourth quarter (2:39): Clippers 113, Spurs 85. Reserves have played the entire fourth quarter for the Silver and Black.
Fourth quarter (9:02): Clippers 94, Spurs 76
End of third quarter: Clippers 89, Spurs 72
Third quarter (6:54): Clippers 77, Spurs 62.
Halftime: Clippers 73, Spurs 55. Down 39-24 after one quarter, the Spurs cut the deficit to six, 43-37, before the Clips outscored them 30-18 to take an 18-point halftime lead.
Second quarter (3.0): Clippers 73, Spurs 55. Jamal Crawford hits a 3-pointer to put an exclamation point on the Clips' big first half.
Second quarter (2:21): Clippers 68, Spurs 51. Clips have outscored S.A. 25-14 since Spurs cut deficit to 43-37 with about eigtht minutes left.
Second quarter (8:36): Clippers 43, Spurs 37. Spurs on 6-0 run. Jonathon Simmons dunks one home after a steal and pass by Nico Laprovittola.
Second quarter (9:34): Clippers 43, Spurs 31
End of first quarter: Clippers 39, Spurs 24. Clippers outscore Spurs 39-16 after falling behind 8-0.
First quarter (6:35): Clippers 16, Spurs 10. Clippers on 16-2 run after trailing 8-0.
First quarter (10:36): Spurs 8, Clippers 0. Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge each hit a 3-pointer.
SPURS GAMEDAY: Two of West's top teams clash Saturday night
L.A. Clippers (4-1) vs. Spurs (5-1)
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, AT&T Center
Spurs’ last game: Won 100-86, at Utah, Friday
Jazz’s last game: Won 99-88, at Memphis, Friday
SAN ANTONIO – Fresh off a victory over the only team to beat them in the first two weeks of the season, the Spurs host the Los Angeles Clippers in the back end of a back-to-back for both teams Saturday night.
The Silver and Black jumped out to a 4-0 start before losing to the Utah Jazz 106-91 – at home, to boot – on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Friday night to lead San Antonio to a 14-point victory in Salt Lake City. LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and six rebounds in the victory.
Starting at point guard for Tony Parker for the second time in a week, Patty Mills finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Mills hit 6 of 11 shots and was 4 of 7 from the 3-point line.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul had a stellar game in a 99-88 win at Memphis on Friday night, finishing with 27 points, 11 assists and six steals. Paul became the Clippers’ all-time assist leader in the victory, passing Randy Smith, who had 3,498 in eight seasons with the franchise. Paul has 3,502 assists.
Blake Griffin finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Memphis. J.J. Redick scored 12 points and DeAndre Jordan had 21 rebounds.
The Clippers won their first three games this season before losing to Oklahoma City 85-83 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. They are playing their fifth game in seven nights.
Parker (right knee soreness) and Danny Green (left quad strain) will not play Saturday night, Spurs coach Popovich said.
Next up for Spurs: vs. Houston, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., AT&T Center
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