The San Antonio Spurs went on a 24-0 run against the LA Clippers in the 3rd quarter of game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals to go up 3-0,The Associated Press reports.
The Spurs, who had a very slow start, overcame a 24 point deficit to win the game 96-86.
The loud, enthusiastic crowd at the Staples Center went numb as their team, who led by 24 points, suddenly fell apart.
"You knew they were going to make a run. It was just a matter of trying to withstand it," Blake Griffin, said, according to The Associated Press. "In the second half, especially the 3rd quarter, we did a poor job of responding. I missed some shots I hit in the first half, easy shots."
According to The Associated Press, Tim Duncan had 19 points. Tony Parker added 19, rookie Kawhi Leonard added 14 and Manu Ginobili had 13 helping the Spurs win their 17th game in a row. They are now 7-0 in the playoffs.
The LA Times notes that no NBA team in history has ever overcome a 0-3 deficit. The Clippers, who had a strong first half, and just fell apart both offensively and defensively, are now down 0-3 against the Spurs.
Blake Griffin had 28 points and 16 rebounds while Mo WIlliams had 19 points, The Associated Press reports. Chris Paul had 12 points and 11 assists.
Game 4 of the series will take place Sunday night at the Staples Center, the LA Times reports.