The San Antonio Spurs beat the Clippers in overtime, 111-107, in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Staples Center on Wednesday. The best-of-seven series is now tied, 1-1.
The Spurs led by six points in overtime before Chris Paul made a three-pointer with 44.5 seconds left to cut the Clippers' deficit to three, 107-104. J.J. Redick then attempted a three-pointer to tie the score, but it bounced off the rim.
With 11 seconds left, Patty Mills made two free throws to give the Spurs a five-point lead, 109-104. Redick responded by making a three-pointer to cut the deficit to two, 109-107, with 5.2 seconds left. Mills then made two more free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the win for the Spurs.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 29 points, 12 rebounds and a playoff-career-high 11 assists. Chris Paul had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, though he was only six for 17 from the free throw line.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 28 points on 14-for-23 shooting and 11 rebounds. Kawhi Lenoard had 23 points and nine rebounds. Mills added 18 points, making each of his six free throw attempts.
The Clippers used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to come back from a 10-point deficit. The game was sent into overtime after Paul missed a jumper with 1.9 seconds left and the score tied at 94.
The Spurs were not in a great position entering overtime. Tony Parker was out because of tightness in his right Achilles' tendon, Manu Ginobili had fouled out in the fourth quarter and Tim Duncan had five fouls.
But the five-time NBA champions will return to San Antonio for Game 3 on Friday with an even series.
The Spurs outshot the Clippers from the field, 46.2% to 42.4%, and from beyond the three-point line, 32% to 31%. The Spurs also shot 73.1% from the free-throw line, while the Clippers were 54.1% from the charity stripe.
In the Clippers' 107-92 Game 1 win over the Spurs on Sunday, the Clippers led by as many as 20 points as they outshot the Spurs from the field, 51.3% to 36.6%, and from three-point range, 55.6% to 30.3%. The Spurs also made only 14 of 26 free-throw. In that game, Duncan and Parker combined for only 21 points.
Games 3 and 4 will be in San Antonio, before the teams return to Los Angeles for Game 5.
The game has been sent into overtime, tied at 94-94.
The Clippers took their first lead of the fourth quarter, 94-92, after Chris Paul made two free throws with 50.2 seconds left, prompting a thunderously loud "CP3" chant from the crowd.
Marco Belinelli then committed a turnover on the Spurs' next possession, followed immediately by a turnover by Blake Griffin.
With 8.6 seconds left, Patty Mills was sent to the free-throw line and made both shots to tie the score at 94.
Paul then missed the potential game-winner for the Clippers, a jumper with 1.9 seconds left. Griffin attempted to tip in the rebound with 0.2 seconds left, but he missed that as well.
The Clippers cut the Spurs' 10-point fourth-quarter lead to five, 88-83, following a three-pointer by J.J. Redick with 5 minutes 17 seconds left.
Redick has had a quiet scoring night with eight points on two-for-seven shooting, including only making two of his five three-point attempts.
The Spurs opened the fourth quarter outscoring the Clippers, 9-4, to take an eight-point lead, 86-78, with just less than nine minutes left after Tim Duncan made a turn-around jumper.
Duncan leads all scorers with 24 points on 12-for-15 shooting.
The Spurs will take a three-point lead, 77-74, into the fourth quarter of Game 2 tonight after Patty Mills made a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Clippers cut a 10-point Spurs lead to one, 59-58, after Chris Paul made a step-back jumper with 5 minutes 45 seconds left in the third quarter. The Spurs then pushed their lead back up to seven points two minutes later.
The Clippers responded with a 5-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Jamal Crawford, to cut their deficit to two, 68-66, with just under three minutes left. J.J. Redick made a pair of free throws with 46.8 seconds left to give the Clippers their first lead of the second half, 72-71.
Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting, eight assists and six rebounds. Tim Duncan leads the Spurs with 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting, seven rebounds and three assists.
Kawhi Leonard made a three-pointer with just under four minutes left to put the Spurs back up by seven points, 68-61, after the Clippers had cut their deficit to one point a little more than two minutes earlier. Leonard has 18 points on seven-for-11 shooting, including making two of his three three-point attempts.
The Clippers cut a 10-point Spurs lead to three, 59-56, after Chris Paul made a three-pointer with just under seven minutes left, prompting Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich to call a timeout.
Blake Griffin and Tim Duncan each have 20 points.
The second quarter was a game of runs.
The Spurs went on a 9-1 run to lead by as many as seven points in the second quarter, 46-39, with just over four minutes left. and took a 52-47 lead into halftime.
Before the Spurs' run, the Clippers had gone on an 8-0 run at the top of the quarter to turn the Spurs' five-point lead into a four-point Clippers lead, 36-32, with 7 minutes 46 seconds left in the second.
That stretch included a two-handed slam dunk by Blake Griffin off an olley-oop pass from Jamal Crawford, a floating jumper by Austin Rivers, and back-to-back jumpers by Crawford.
Blake Griffin leads all scorers with 19 points on nine-for-13 shooting, four rebounds and four assists. Chris Paul has 11 points and five assists.
The Clippers are outshooting the Spurs, 50% to 48.8%. They also have an edge over the Spurs on the boards, 24-19. The Clippers, though, have committed six turnovers while the Spurs have only had three.
Tim Duncan leads the Spurs with 16 points on eight-for-nine shooting, four rebounds and three assists. Kawhi Leonard has 11 points on four-for-six shooting and four rebounds.
The Clippers went on an 8-0 run to erase the Spurs' five-point advantage early in the second quarter.
The run was capped off by Jamal Crawford's pull-up jumper with 7 minutes 46 seconds left, putting the Clippers ahead by four points, 36-32.
Jamal Crawford threw an alleyoop pass to Blake Griffin, who made a two-handed jam with 9 minutes and 27 seconds left in the second quarter to cut the Spurs' five-point lead to two, 32-30.
Griffin has 12 points and is the only player on either team who has scored in double figures.
There were three lead changes and three ties in the first quarter, with the Spurs pulling away to a 28-24 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Chris Paul leads all scorers with nine points on four-for-five shooting from the field and three assists. Blake Griffin has six points on three-for-five shooting, including two monster jams. DeAndre Jordan has six points on three-for-four shooting and five rebounds.
The Spurs have opened Game 2 shooting much better than they did in Game 1.
They're outshooting the Clippers from the field, 55.6% to 47.8%, and they're shooting 66.7% from beyond the three-point line, while the Clippers are only shooting 33% from long range.
Tim Duncan leads the Spurs with eight points on four-for-four shooting, two rebounds and two assists. Kawhi Leonard has seven points and two rebounds.
Chris Paul made a three-pointer to tie the score, 18-18, with 3 minutes and 24 seconds left in the first quarter of Game 2.
Kawhi Lenoard immediately responded by making another three pointer to put the Spurs up, 21-18 with just over three minutes left.
After shooting terribly from beyond the three-point line in Game 1, the Spurs have opened Game 2 making two of their three three-point attempts. The Clippers are two for five from beyond the arc.
J.J. Redick made a three-pointer with just less than seven minutes left to tie the score, 11-11, against the Spurs in the first quarter of Game 2 at Staples Center.
The Clippers are shooting 50% from the field, while the Spurs are shooting 45.5%.
The Clippers' biggest lead so far has been two points. The Spurs have led by as many as three points.
The Clippers won Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, 107-92.
In that game, the Clippers led by as many as 20 points as they outshot the Spurs from the field, 51.3% to 36.6%, and from three-point range, 55.6% to 30.3%. The Spurs also made only 14 of 26 free-throws.
The key to the Clippers winning Game 2?
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday's game that his team just needs to continue to do what they did well in Game 1.
"It's a new game, obviously we did some things that we liked and we want to continue to do that, our pace and stuff like that," Rivers said. "But that game is over, and it's a new game, and we have to come out and play our game again."
The key to the Spurs winning Game 2?
Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday that his team needs to pretty much improve upon everything from Game 1.
"We have to shoot better," Popovich said. "We'd like to possibly go back in transition D like it mattered."
When the home team wins Game 1 of a seven-game NBA playoff series, that team wins the series 85% of the time. That stat, however, hasn't seemed to apply to the Spurs, who have lost their playoff opener three of the five years they've won the NBA championship.