It was a hard-fought win that featured 20 lead changes and nine ties, the Clippers leading by as many as seven points and the Spurs by as many as nine.
With 32.7 seconds left and the Clippers up by one point, 112-111,
The San Antonio Spurs led by nine points in the third quarter, their biggest lead of the game, before the Clippers went on a run to cut their deficit to two, 90-88, heading into the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin, wearing jeans and a black brace around his elbow, jumped onto the court at one point during the Clippers' run, standing in front of his team's bench in a crouched position cheering on his teammates.
The third quarter also included a monster dunk from
Jordan finished two rebounds shy of another 20-20 performance, scoring 26 points and grabbing 18 boards. It would have been his third 20-20 game in a row -- he had 22 points and 27 rebounds in the Clippers' 115-98 win over Dallas on Feb. 9, and 24 points and 20 rebounds in the team's 110-95 win over Houston on Feb. 11. He's had three 20-20 performances in his career, all of them this month.
The Spurs, however, made sure to capitalize on Jordan's weakness: free throws. Jordan shot 28 free throws -- more than the entire Spurs team combined (23) -- of which he made only 10.
Crawford finished with a team-high 26 points on eight for 15 shooting off the bench, including scoring seven points in the final three minutes of the game. Chris Paul added 22 points and 16 rebounds.
The win bumped the Clippers into fifth place in the Western Conference with a record of 36-19, a half-game ahead of the sixth-place
The Clippers outshot the Spurs, 54.5% to 51.2%, and outrebounded them, 43-38.
Austin Rivers did not play because of a sore left ankle. Griffin remains out after having surgery to remove a staph infection on his right elbow Feb. 9. The Clippers improved to 3-1 without Griffin.