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Blake Griffin, Chris Paul carry Clippers over Spurs

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Blake Griffin scored 27 points and added 9 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers easily get past the San Antonio Spurs, 115-92. The Clippers had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 39-76 (51.3%) from the field, including 11-23 (47.8%) from three-point range. Los Angeles (17-9) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Griffin shot 8-14 from the field and 11-15 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Los Angeles were Chris Paul with 23 points and 8 rebounds, and Jared Dudley with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Tim Duncan put up 17 points for San Antonio on 5-12 shooting from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line. He also recorded 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Kawhi Leonard chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds.

In a matchup of first-rate offenses, the unit of Los Angeles (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) came out on top, scoring 1.15 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 58.6%, the Clippers connected at a rate of 47.8% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (6-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Spurs are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for San Antonio, pushing their record to 19-5 for the year.

Coming up, the Clippers square off against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 11-11 on the season. The Spurs go up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 14-9 this year. The Spurs are 1-0 versus Phoenix this season.


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