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The Los Angeles Clippers led for the entire game against the Spurs on Monday night, that was until the 1:44 mark in the 4th when Kawhi Leonard scores on a fast break lay up giving the Spurs their first lead of the game at 83-82. The Spurs used a 12-0 run in the 4th to overtake the Clippers and take the win by a score of 89-85.
The Clippers had a chance to tie it in the end but Chris Paul misses the layup and Blake Griffin is assessed a technical foul when attempting to call a time out they did not have after securing the offensive rebound.
Blake Griffin finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists but had two costly turnovers in the 4th quarter that attributed to the Clippers losing their lead.
Chris Paul nearly got his 2nd triple-double of the season who finished with a line of 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
Kawhi Leonard was the go to guy in the 4th for the Spurs and finished with a team high 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, none bigger than the steal on Chris Paul in the 4th quarter with 52 seconds to play and the Spurs up by 85-82.
Tim Duncan scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on the night. Tony Parker scored 13 points on 3 for 13 shooting.
“It was a grind,” Duncan said to reporters after the game. “Tony didn’t play well. I didn’t play well. Kawhi really carried us for a while there, made some great plays on defense.”
The Spurs were ice cold from deep in the first half, going 0-12 from behind the 3 point and it was what attributed to them falling behind going into the half down 42-39.
The Clippers get a few days to recover from this loss as they won’t play again until Saturday when they have the Phoenix Suns visit Staples Center.