If you don’t believe the San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Clippers match-up will be as compelling as any first round series we have seen, I’m sure you do now.
With everything on the line, the Clippers battled extremely hard and received another monstrous performance from Blake Griffin to escape with a 102-96 victory to force a Game 7.
The Clippers looked good early on, as they were getting excellent production from J.J. Redick, something they had been looking for all series long. Redick scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter, but the period ended in a tie.
On the other end, it was Marco Belinelli who caught fire for the Spurs. He drilled four consecutive threes in the second quarter to help the Spurs build a nine-point lead, but the Clippers did not tremble and came all the way back to knot the game at 51 heading into intermission.
Chris Paul had just four first half points and all came at the line, as he was 0 for 7 from the field. DeAndre Jordan recorded a double-double by halftime with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Clippers at the break.
Griffin finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks on 11 of 21 shooting. Chris Paul came alive in the second half, ending with 19 points, 15 assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Outside of Crawford’s 10 points, the Clippers bench was a non-factor, but their defense was top notch. They held the Spurs starters to 37.2 percent shooting.
Tim Duncan notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds but was kept quiet. Kawhi Leonard also had 12 points but shot 3 of 15 from the floor. Tony Parker added just eight points and seven assists on 4 of 12 shooting.
Marco Belinelli led the way with 23 points, including seven three-pointers. He was the reason the Spurs stayed in this game, but the Clippers could live with that. Boris Diaw chipped in 17 points, five assists, and four rebounds off the pine.