Quantcast 2012 NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Spurs vs Clippers - Game 2

 

The San Antonio Spurs cruise past the Los Angeles Clippers

 

 

San Antonio, Texas – The Los Angeles Clippers started Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs much better than they did in Game 1. The Clippers fell behind by 15 points with 1:53 left in the first quarter, but closed strong on the backs of two three point baskets one each by Mo Williams and Nick Young. The Clippers closed the gap to eight points to end the quarter 29-21.

The second quarter featured runs by both teams, but the Clippers could not get over the hump and take the lead in the quarter. The Clippers cut the Spurs lead down to one point at 37-36 with 4:53 left in the quarter. The Spurs either created a turnover or forced a stop of the Clippers to maintain the lead.

Blake Griffin was the only Clipper in double figures scoring in the first half ending the half with 11 points and 1 rebound for the half.

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The first six minutes of the opening of the third quarter gave the Spurs went on a 19-7 run to open up a 65-49 lead. The Clippers never recovered from the opening minutes of the third quarter. The Spurs outscored the Clippers 32-25 for the quarter to open up an 11 point lead 78-67. Vinny Del Negro the Clippers head coach said, “We can’t give them those types of opportunities. We shot the ball well, but they shot it better. We need to some more consistent production from more guys.”

Tony Parker said, “In the second half we were able to match the energy and the intensity of the Clippers to start the half.” Parker continued, “

The Spurs had five players in double digits scoring, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan, Ginobili, Danny Green and Parker. Parker led the way with 22 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Diaw played one of his better games in the playoffs finishing with 16 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Duncan finished with 18 points making 9 of 14 shots. Manu Ginobili had 10 points off of the bench.

The Clippers were led by Griffin with 20 points. Chris Paul finished with 10 points, but also had 8 turnovers in the game. Paul said, “I think I have to be more aggressive and find my legs a little earlier. I just need to be a little more aggressive, make better decisions and adjust to them keeping everybody in the paint.

 

 

Caron Butler said, “We’re great in transition. Blake (Griffin), DeAndre (Jordan), getting into the pick and roll situations and drawing defenders to the paint and kick the ball out where me, Randy (Foye), Mo (Williams), Nick Young can capitalize on those opportunities.”

The Spurs defeated the Clippers 105-88 to take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven game series. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Los Angeles at the Staple Center. Game 3 will be on Saturday May 19 at 2:30 p.m. CDT and Game 4 will be played on Sunday May 20 at 9:30 p.m. CDT.

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By: Terry Davis
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