Clippers seek two-game sweep in San Antonio
The Los Angeles Clippers seek to duplicate Wednesday’s controling efficiency when they once again square off versus the all of a sudden having a hard time San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in the Alamo City.
The Clippers rolled to a 134-101 win on Wednesday, getting 25 points from Kawhi Leonard and 20 from Marcus Morris Sr. Los Angeles never ever tracked, led by 14 points at halftime and by 18 after 3 quarter. Then things actually left by far the stretch.
Paul George included 17 points for Los Angeles, with Lou Williams pinching hit 16, Ivica Zubac 14 points and Nicolas Batum 13. The Clippers have actually won 3 straight video games and 4 out of 5.
“We were disruptive,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue stated. “We brought physicality to the game. Just getting into their bodies and being active.”
Williams’ 16 points provided him 15,000 for his profession. According to the Clippers, Williams is the only gamer considering that 1970-71, as far back as records were kept, to strike the 15,000-point plateau without making a minimum of 400 starts.
“Great milestone, especially for a guy who’s come off the bench most of his career … that’s a tremendous achievement,” Lue stated of Williams.
The Clippers required 16 San Antonio turnovers on Wednesday while dedicating just 8 free gifts of their own.
Los Angeles, the NBA’s finest 3-point shooting group, was 17 of 33 (51.5 percent) from beyond the arc in the Wednesday win. The last 2 times the Clippers played in San Antonio, going back to December 2019, they scored 134 points each time.
The Clippers are 11-4 in back-to-backs this season and 7-0 in the 2nd video game, consisting of 5-0 on the roadway.
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 19 points on Wednesday.
Patty Mills scored 17, Luka Samanic had 14 and Derrick White included 13 points for San Antonio, which succumbed to the 3rd straight time and has actually dropped the very first 2 contests of a franchise-record, nine-game homestand.
It’s the Spurs’ longest skid considering that they dropped 4 directly from Dec. 27-Jan. 3.
Samanic, who connected a season high in points, might have been San Antonio’s only brilliant area on Wednesday. He had actually not played considering that March 15, missing out on the previous 4 video games, and had actually scored an overall of 16 points in the previous 5 video games he had actually played.
“(Samanic) is beginning to prove himself deserving of time,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich stated. “He’s played well (since being called up from G League). He has more confidence, he’s a good athlete, with good size. Hopefully, he’ll continue to improve.”
The Spurs are now 7-7 in back-to-backs. They head to Thursday’s contest with a 2-4 mark in the 2nd video games.
Popovich ended early and rested his beginners for the last 8 minutes on Wednesday.
George understands what Los Angeles is up versus in the rematch.
“It’s a Pop-coached team, so they’re gonna be prepared going into (Thursday’s) game,” George stated. “We gotta match their intensity.”
San Antonio lacked Rudy Gay (aching left foot) and Lonnie Walker IV (aching best wrist) on Wednesday. Both gamers are anticipated play on Thursday.
Los Angeles sat Patrick Beverley (best knee pain) for the 6th straight video game and Serge Ibaka, who has actually fought tightness in his lower back, for the 5th video game on Wednesday. Neither will be active on Thursday.
–Field Level Media
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.