Ginobili, Spurs roll past Clippers
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili led five players in double
figures with 16 points along with eight rebounds as San Antonio downed the Los
Angeles Clippers, 88-74, at Staples Center.
Beno Udrih added 14 points, Brent Barry donated 11 points, and Jacque Vaughn
and Michael Finley compiled 10 points apiece. The Spurs won their ninth
straight without the services of Tony Parker, who missed the contest with a
left hip flexor. Tim Duncan also only scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting
with 12 boards.
“Our defense was great. Holding them to 34 points in the first half (was
key),” said Ginobili.
Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 19 points and Elton Brand added 15 in
defeat, the club’s second in three games.
“Our defense was okay, but we made some mistakes and they made us pay the
price,” said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy.
The Clippers scored just 34 points in the first half, falling behind 43-34
after 30 minutes.
However, after a Chris Kaman layup brought the Clippers within 44-40, the
Spurs ran off 17 straight points to take control of the contest.
Bruce Bowen started the stretch with a jumper and Ginobili tallied nine
consecutive points, capped by a three-pointer with 4:46 on the clock. The
Clippers missed seven straight shots during the scoreless frame.
The Spurs led 88-74 after three quarters and were never seriously threatened
in the final 15 minutes.
The 74 points tied a season-low for the Clippers…San Antonio won its fourth
in a row over the Clippers…The Spurs led throughout the contest…The
Clippers made only 1-of-9 from beyond the arc…San Antonio held a 43-34 edge
on the glass…Attendance was 18,655.