For whatever reason, the Spurs continue to struggle with the best teams in the West, and Monday was no exception. The Clippers took advantage of 22 turnovers by San Antonio to grab one of their most impressive wins of the season, 115-92, in Los Angeles.
Chris Paul led the charge, as usual, with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals, and he got a huge effort from his big man, Blake Griffin, whose 27 points led all scorers. And the Clippers really poured it on in the fourth quarter of this one, especially after Tony Parker left the game for good.
Parker left in the third quarter after banging legs with Jared Dudley on a drive to the basket, and the Spurs' point guard could not return to the game after suffering a shin contusion. His status beyond that is unknown.
When you give the ball away 22 times to the Clippers, you generally pay handsomely, and the Spurs did just that. Los Angeles scored 37 points off those turnovers and absolutely dominated the fourth quarter, 37-22. The Clips shot 51 percent from the floor and hit 11 of their 23 threes, while the Spurs managed to hit just six threes and had more turnovers than assists (20).
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but it wasn't enough without Parker down the stretch.