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article imageNBA: Spurs stun Clippers in OT, 103-100, streak goes to 10

By Lynn Herrmann     Feb 19, 2012 in Sports
Los Angeles - Letting certain victory slip through their hands, literally, the Los Angeles Clippers watched the San Antonio Spurs win their 10th straight game, a hard-fought overtime battle before a stunned sellout crowd at the Staples Center, 103-100.
With L.A.’s All-Star point guard Chris Paul taking control of the game’s final two minutes of regulation, thanks in part to a parade to the free throw line, the Clippers had a 95-92 lead, possession of the ball, and just 9.5 seconds left in regulation. After a timeout, likely designed to execute a play, all they needed was to inbounds the ball.
This scenario was set up when the Spurs failed to execute in the final two minutes of regulation, letting a four-point lead vanish. A Spurs turnover led to a foul on Paul, and he hit a pair of free throws to pull the Clippers within two, 89-87 with just under two minutes to play.
The back and forth continued until a critical bumping foul was called on Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard, sending Paul back to the charity stripe, where he nailed both, giving L.A. a 93-92 lead with 29.2 seconds left.
Tim Duncan then missed a leaner off the glass, from five feet away, and monster rebounder Blake Griffin got the ball to Paul, who was fouled and hit another pair of free throws. The Clippers were up 95-92 with 12.6 seconds to go.
A Spurs timeout, also likely used for designing a play, ensued. On the inbounds, Gary Neal fumbled the pass as well as dashing any chance for a tie to send the game into overtime.
Then came the Clippers inbounds play. In his effort to avoid an over-and-back call, Paul misjudged the inbounds pass, fumbling the ball into the hands of no other than Neal, who managed to launch a straight-away trey, draining the net and send the game into overtime before a stunned Hollywood crowd.
In overtime, the game remained tight until, once again, Neal ripped the cords with another trey, giving the Spurs a 101-98 lead with 25 seconds left and their eventual win.
The Spurs, currently the hottest team in the NBA, improved their rodeo road trip to 6-0, overall to 22-9, and are savoring a 10-game win streak.
Speaking on Spurs Radio after the game, Parker said, “It was just one of those games where we stayed in it and fought through it. When everyone plays like that, it’s a lot of fun.” He finished the game with 30 points and 10 assists, including 22 points in the second half.
The crowd of 19,217 saw the Clippers fall to 19-10. Paul’s 21 points came on 19 shots from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
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