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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012
Paul excels in 'winning time' as Clippers top Spurs again
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs had rallied within a basket of the Los Angeles Clippers with less than 30 seconds remaining and the crowd was buzzing.
Some would call it a tense situation. Chris Paul calls it "winning time."
Paul had 19 points and eight assists and the Clippers beat San Antonio 92-87 on Monday night for their second win against the Spurs this season.
Paul's 3-meter jumper in the lane with 24.6 seconds left gave Los Angeles a 91-87 lead.
"Yeah, I wanted to shoot; I didn't know how, I just needed a little space," Paul said. "I love those situations — when it's winning time. We're up two with 24 seconds left, I want it."
San Antonio guard Gary Neal missed a 3-point attempt on the subsequent possession, which Eric Bledsoe gathered for his fifth rebound. Bledsoe, who had nine points, made one of two free throws for the final margin.
Matt Barnes added 14 points, DeAndre Jordan 13 and Blake Griffin had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers (8-2).
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs (8-3), who suffered their second home loss this season. Manu Ginobili added 15 points and Tony Parker 11.
The hosts rallied when Matt Bonner made a pair of 3s sandwiched around one from Parker to pull to 88-85 with 2 minutes left.
Bonner, who did not play in the first three periods, finished with 10 points.
San Antonio needed the late rally after losing a lead and Stephen Jackson after the first quarter. Jackson, who suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right pinkie finger late in the first quarter, is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Jackson finished with two points and two rebounds, but the team missed his toughness most.
"Of all our games, this game was in the soft category," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We never had five guys that competed hard enough to win the basketball games. . . . For a portion of that game, we were an embarrassment."
The Spurs were outscored 29-14 in the second quarter while shooting 3-for-18 from the field. It was a season low for points in a quarter by San Antonio.
Wizards 96, Pacers 89
In Washington, there were boos early and at the end for the winless Wizards, who dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 with a loss to Indiana.
The Pacers' David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Nuggets 97, Grizzlies 92
In Memphis, Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, and Denver ended the Grizzlies' win streak at eight games.
Warriors 105, Mavs 101 (OT)
In Dallas, Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and David Lee's layup with 32.8 seconds left helped Golden State beat the Mavericks.
Bobcats 112, Bucks 98
In Charlotte, Ramon Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the win for the Bobcats over Milwaukee.
Jazz 102, Rockets 91
In Salt Lake City, reserve Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and Al Jefferson had 14 points and 16 rebounds to help Utah beat Houston.
Hawks 81, Magic 72
In Atlanta, Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead the Hawks to a win over struggling Orlando.