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Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli power Spurs past Clippers

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In a tremendous all-around performance, Tim Duncan put up 19 points and added 13 rebounds and 7 assists to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 113-103. The Spurs shot really well in this one, going 44-88 (50.0%) from the field, including 9-20 (45.0%) from three-point range. San Antonio (39-15) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Duncan shot 8-19 from the field. Other top performers for San Antonio were Patty Mills with 25 points and 5 rebounds, and Boris Diaw with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Blake Griffin had another strong performance for Los Angeles despite the loss, scoring 35 points on 14-24 shooting from the field and 6-10 from the free throw line. He also registered 12 rebounds. Chris Paul chipped in 11 points and 9 assists.

In a battle of top offenses, the unit of San Antonio (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.10 points per possession. The Spurs combined an eFG% of 55.1% with 45.0% 3-point shooting. They are 17-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Clippers, on the other hand, are 5-3 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Los Angeles, pushing their record to 37-19 for the year.

Coming up, the Spurs square off with the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 36-17 on the season. The Clippers match up with the Memphis Grizzlies, currently sitting at 30-23 this year. The Spurs lost their last two meetings with Portland. The Clippers are 1-1 versus Memphis this season.


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