The Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs, 107-92, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series at Staples Center on Sunday night.
The Spurs cut the Clippers' 18-point lead to nine after Marco Belinelli made a three-pointer with 7 minutes 36 seconds left.
The Clippers quickly responded with a 7-0 run to retake a sizable double-digit lead, eventually taking their biggest lead of the game at 20 points, 107-87, after Chris Paul made a three-pointer with 2:40 left.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 58 points, more than half of the Clippers' total.
Paul had a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including making three of his five three-point attempts, and getting seven rebounds and six assists. Griffin finished with 26 points, though it took him 20 shots to get them, 12 rebounds and six assists. Jamal Crawford added 17 points off the bench on seven-of-10 shooting, including making three of his four three-point attempts.
The Clippers outshot the Spurs from the field, 51.3% to 36.6%, and from beyond the three-point line, 55.6% to 30.3%.
The Spurs only shot 53.8% (14 of 26) from the free-throw line,. The Clippers, however, weren't much better, shooting 60.7% (17 of 28).
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker shot a combined eight for 21 from the field, scoring 21 points.
It was a good start for the Clippers, who were swept out of the playoffs by the Spurs when the teams met in the second round in 2012. The Spurs have won five NBA championships, including last season. The Clippers have never advanced past the second round.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Staples Center.
Chris Paul made a step-back jumper a possession after scoring on a layup to give the Clippers a 104-87 lead over the Spurs with 3 minutes 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Paul's efforts capped a 13-6 run that answered the Spurs cutting the lead to nine. J.J. Redick made a three-pointer, DeAndre Jordan scored on a tip-in and Blake Griffin had a three-point play after drawing a foul on a layup.
The Clippers then stretched their lead to the biggest of the game at 20 points, 107-87, after Paul made a three-pointer with 2 minutes and 40 seconds left. Paul leads all scorers with 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting.
The Spurs cut an 18-point lead by the Clippers to nine, 90-81, after Marco Belinelli made a three-pointer with 7 minutes 36 seconds left, prompting Clippers Coach Doc Rivers to call a timeout.
Jamal Crawford opened the fourth quarter scoring five points in the first two minutes to help the Clippers take an 86-69 lead.
He is having an excellent shooting night with 17 points on seven-for-nine shooting in 17 minutes of play. He has made each of his three three-point attempts.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 22 points in the third quarter to give the Clippers a 79-64 advantage heading into the fourth.
The Clippers took their biggest lead of the game at 18 points after Paul made a driving layup with 42 seconds left to put his team up, 79-61. Paul had 12 points in the quarter, and has 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in the game.
Griffin had two monster dunks over Aron Baynes in the third quarter. He had 10 points in the third quarter and leads all scorers with 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Matt Barnes and Baynes struggled for a jump ball long after a whistle was called on the play with 4 minutes 41 seconds left in the third quarter, both of them falling into the stands. Barnes then quickly stood up and ran away from the scene with his hands up in the air. The crowd ate it up, and gave Barnes a standing ovation.
The Clippers are outshooting the Spurs from the field, 58.3% to 33.8%, and from beyond the three-point line, 59.3% to 26.3%.
Kawhi Leonard leads the Spurs with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Chris Paul received an MVP chant as he shot two free throws with 3 minutes 33 seconds left in the third quarter.
He made them both to give the Clippers a 12-point lead, 66-54, equaling their biggest advantage of the game.
Paul has 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Blake Griffin just made a driving two-handed slam dunk over Aron Baynes to give the Clippers a six-point lead, 59-53, with 6 minutes 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
Griffin leads all scorers with 17 points. He also has eight rebounds and three assists.
The Spurs opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to cut their 12-point deficit to two. But the Clippers closed the quarter with an 8-0 run and a 49-43 lead at halftime.
The Clippers didn't score a field goal for the first three minutes of the second quarter until Blake Griffin made a jumper with 8 minutes 42 seconds left to give the Clippers a 33-28 lead.
The Spurs took their first lead of the game since they were ahead, 2-0, in the first quarter after Tim Duncan made a layup with 5:45 left to put the Spurs ahead, 37-35.
The Clippers then went on an 8-0 run that included DeAndre Jordan having a big block over Manu Ginobili. After the block, Jordan looked at the crowd and screamed. The crowd roared in response.
The Clippers are outshooting the Spurs from the field, 47.2% to 36.4%, and from beyond the three-point line, 66.7% to 23.1%. Neither team is shooting particularly well from the free-throw line, the Clippers making 11 of 19 attempts (57.9%) and the Spurs making eight of 14 attempts (57.1%).
Blake Griffin leads all scorers with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jamal Crawford has nine points on four-of-six shooting, including making his only three-point attempt. Chris Paul and J.J. Redick each have seven points.
None of the Spurs have scored in double figures. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with nine points on four-of-six shooting and four rebounds.
Jamal Crawford hit a floating shot and a jumper to finish off an 8-0 run for the Clippers, who have an eight-point lead, 45-37, with 2 minutes and 22 seconds left until halftime.
Crawford has nine points off the bench.
The Spurs took their first lead since early in the first quarter after Tim Duncan made a layup to put San Antonio ahead, 37-35, with 5 minutes and 45 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Spurs opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to cut their 12-point deficit to five, 30-25, with 10 minutes and 45 seconds left until halftime.
San Antonio extended its run to 10-0 to cut Clippers lead to two points, 30-28, with 10 minutes left, prompting Coach Doc Rivers to call a timeout.
After one quarter:
The Clippers led by as many as 10 points before the Spurs cut their deficit to five with four minutes left in the quarter. The Clippers then went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-point lead with 1:12 left before pushing their advantage to 12 for the biggest lead of the game.
The Clippers are outshooting the Spurs from the field, 55% to 28.6%, and from beyond the three-point line, 66.7% to 0%. The Spurs have missed each of their five three-point attempts. The Spurs are only 6 of 12 from the free throw line, while the Clippers have made four of their five attempts.
Blake Griffin leads all scorers with nine points and two rebounds. J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford each have five points. DeAndre Jordan is the only Clippers starter who hasn't scored.
Tim Duncan leads the Spurs with four points, two rebounds and two assists.
The Clippers have seven fast-break points while the Spurs are scoreless in that category.
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The Clippers are ahead, 24-16, with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the quarter.
The Clippers have opened the game shooting 66.7% from the field, including making both of their three-point attempts. The Spurs are shooting 25%.
The Clippers are ahead by six points, 10-4, with 8 minutes and 39 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Clippers finished the regular season winning seven games in a row and 14 of their last 15. Their reward? Play the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
The Spurs have won five titles. The Clippers have never made it past the second round.
The Clippers finished the season with a record of 56-26 to finish third in the Western Conference standings. The Spurs (55-27) lost their final game of the season and fell to sixth place. That's how competitive the Western Conference was this season.
One thing that the Clippers have going for them is all their player are healthy. The Spurs announced before tipoff that center Tiago Splitter will play despite tightness in his right calf.