Parker leads Spurs to 103-87 win over Clippers
“That’s one of our strengths,” Mason said. “We have a deep team, and anytime the starters give us a good edge, we want to come out there and extend the lead when we can.”
Parker, who was 7 of 11 from the field, had eight points in a decisive third-quarter run as the Spurs extended an 11-point halftime lead to 21 entering the fourth.
Mason finished with 12 points, including 10 in a 9:40 stretch of the second quarter, as San Antonio’s reserves outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 41-27.
“It really doesn’t matter where they put me, but tonight I was just able to get shots and get my rhythm real early,” McDyess said.
Even Ratliff, a 15-year veteran who has played in 12 of the Spurs’ 25 games, got into the act, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Duncan, who played just 16 minutes, finished with eight points and six rebounds.
“I had a little bit (of a post move) back in the day,” Ratliff said. “I have just been watching Tim doing his little running hooks and getting his mid-range game together. You’re never too old to learn.
“I’ve been a starter, I’ve been an All-Star and all of those things. I’ve learned from the older guys that have been around me,” he added. “They have always stayed ready, no matter.”
The Spurs, who put seven players in double figures, have won 14 straight meetings against the Clippers in San Antonio.
“It’s the story of our season, as far as towards the end of the game, not being able to finish,” Kaman said. “We’ve had some games where we played well. Tonight wasn’t one of them. The Spurs are a good team. They have veterans that know how to play the game.”
Kaman and Eric Gordon(notes) kept the Clippers competitive in the second period. Gordon’s back-to-back 3-pointers closed the Spurs’ lead to 39-35, and Kaman had eight points and seven rebounds in the quarter, giving him 15 and nine for the half.
But San Antonio regained most of the 14-point lead it carried into the period. Mason scored 10 points and Parker capped an 11-point half with a 17-foot jumper with 28.5 seconds remaining that gave the Spurs a 57-46 edge at the break.
Los Angeles started strong in the third period as well but drew no closer than 59-52 before the Spurs broke the game open. San Antonio closed the quarter on a 17-4 run, then scored the first four points in the fourth.
NOTES: Kaman had a double-double a minute into the third quarter. … Blair had eight points and six boards for the Spurs.