Clipperrs 92, Spurs 87

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SAN ANTONIO -- Blake Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 92-87 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the AT&T Center.
The Clippers, who led the whole second half, let the Spurs back in when Manu Ginobili's driving layup made it 89-87 with 1:26.
However, Chris Paul hit a turnaround jumper with 24 seconds to go, and then Eric Bledsoe connected on a free throw to give Los Angeles enough margin for the win.
Paul finished with 19 points and eight assists. Matt Barnes added 14 points, DeAndre Jordan had 13, and Jamal Crawford scored 12 for the Clippers (8-2).
Los Angeles defeated San Antonio twice in a season for the first time since 1996-97. The Clippers defeated the Spurs 106-84 on Nov. 7.
San Antonio, playing without forward Stephen Jackson, who fractured his right little finger in the first quarter, struggled from the field, shooting 35 percent.
Both teams' aggressiveness escalated in the third quarter, with tempers flaring and the usually docile Duncan drawing a technical foul on a non-call.
Duncan led the Spurs (8-3) with 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Manu Ginobili had 15 points, Tony Parker 11 and Matt Bonner 10 for San Antonio.
Jackson, playing in place of Kawhi Leonard (left knee tendinitis), was hurt in the first quarter. He was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Clippers forward Caron Butler left in the first half due to a right shoulder strain, and he missed the remainder of the game.
Los Angeles used an 18-2 run to jump on top 47-42 at halftime. Barnes scored 12 points in the half, 10 in the second quarter.
The Spurs led 28-18 after the first quarter before going cold in the second, when they went 3-for-18 from the field (17 percent) and turned the ball over seven times.
Duncan and Griffin battled in the paint and held their own early on. Duncan had 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds in the first half. Griffin countered with six points and seven boards before the break.
NOTES: The Spurs have dominated this series at home. Entering Monday, they were 64-9 when playing the Clippers in San Antonio. ... The Clippers scored 924 points in their first nine games, the most points scored by an NBA team in its first nine games of a season since 1992-93. ... The teams met in the second round of the playoffs last season, with San Antonio sweeping the series 4-0. ... Los Angeles began the game with the NBA's top-scoring bench. The Clippers' reserves were averaging 42.2 points per game. San Antonio was third in the league in bench scoring at 40.2 per game.

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