The San Antonio Spurs improved their home record to 15-0 by defeating the Clippers, 115-107, at AT&T Center on Friday.
It was the teams' first meeting since the Clippers eliminated the defending champion Spurs from the playoffs in a seven-game, first-round series.
There were 15 lead changes and 10 ties Friday, but the Spurs showed in the final 12 minutes why they have the second-best record in the league (23-5).
The Spurs opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run to turn a three-point deficit into an eight-point lead, 96-88.
The Clippers, who came into San Antonio with a three-game winning streak, cut the deficit to three points midway through the fourth, but the Spurs pushed their lead back to eight points with 4 minutes 33 seconds left.
Blake Griffin made a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to cut the Clippers' deficit to four points at 111-107. But the Spurs made four free throws in the final seconds for the win.
Chris Paul had a game-high 27 points on eight-for-14 shooting and 10 assists. Blake Griffin had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. DeAndre Jordan finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker had 21 points on eight-for-15 shooting. Kawhi Leonard contributed 19 points and nine rebounds.