Tim Duncan scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-92. The Spurs picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 34 assists and turning it over only 12 times. This is the seventh win for San Antonio (26-8) in its last 10 games.
Duncan went 9-18 from the field. Other key players for San Antonio included Tiago Splitter with 22 points and 5 rebounds, Tony Parker with 17 points and 9 assists, and Manu Ginobili with 15 points and 6 assists. On 10-22 shooting from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line, Jamal Crawford put up 24 points for Los Angeles in the loss. He also recorded 7 assists. Blake Griffin chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds and Darren Collison finished with 14 points and 6 assists.
After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.83, the Spurs are undefeated (2-0) on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Clippers are 2-3 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This drops Los Angeles (23-13) to 1-1 versus San Antonio on the season.
Coming up next, the Spurs battle the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 14-18 on the year. The Clippers go up against the Orlando Magic, currently 10-23 this season. The Spurs came away with a win in two straight games against Memphis. The Clippers are 0-1 versus Orlando this season.