The Clippers fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 89-85, on Monday evening at Staples Center. Here are five takeaways from the game.
1. The Clippers were terrible down the stretch: L.A. blew a 10-point lead after going scoreless in the fourth quarter from 5:49 until there were 25 seconds left. During that time, the Spurs went on a 12-0 run. The Clippers finished with 17 turnovers to the Spurs' eight.
2. The Clippers lost despite outshooting the Spurs: Coach Doc Rivers' team outshot the Spurs, 44.6% to 39.8%, and they held the Spurs to 2 for 19 shooting from beyond the three-point line (10.5%). The Clippers defense looked strong for most of the game, they just had a major offensive lapse in the fourth.
Said Rivers: "We had so many opportunities in transition to score and we kept coming out empty."
3. Improved rebounding: The Clippers entered Monday's game having been outrebounded in each of their contests so far this season. They finally bested a team on the boards, outrebounding the Spurs, 44-39.
4. Chris Paul took the game-winning shot, or in this case, game-losing: With 2.9 seconds left and the Clippers down by two, 87-85, Paul attempted a layup but missed. Paul nearly finished with a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, but he also had four turnovers.