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article imageSpurs sweep Clippers, head to Western Conference finals

By Layne Weiss     May 21, 2012 in Sports
Los Angeles - The San Antonio Spurs ended the Los Angeles Clippers' 2012 NBA playoffs run Sunday, winning the series 4-0. The team now awaits the winner of the Lakers/Thunder series.
ESPN reports that Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 22 points, while Tony Parker added 17.
Danny Green and Gary Neal added 14 each, and Manu Ginobili and Thiago Splitter each added 11.
The Spurs are now on an 18 game winning streak and are 8-0 in the playoffs.
The Clippers played with passion and determination Sunday, but it wasn't enough.
Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and Blake Griffin had 21 points, USA Today reports.
Eric Bledsoe scored 11 straight points in the 4th giving the Clippers a 90-85 lead, their biggest lead of the night. Bledsoe finished with 17 points, ESPN reports.
Things took a turn for the worse for the Clippers after Reggie Evans missed 2 free throws, the Associated Press reports. The Spurs' Danny Green took advantage and scored a 3-pointer, which tied the game at 92.
The game went back and forth for a while. Duncan made a shot to give the Spurs a 96-94 lead, but then Chris Paul got a 3-point play, making the free throw shot. The Spurs, however, still proved to be ruthless.
Tony Parker scored 2 consecutive baskets for the Spurs and regained the lead, 100-97.
Chris Paul's sloppiness late in the 4th quarter didn't help matters either. According to USA Today Paul's turnover and miss "doomed the Clippers' last two possessions," ending their playoff run earlier than they would have liked.
Both Paul and Blake Griffin haven't been 100%. Paul had been playing with a strained hip flexor, and Griffin had still been suffering from a sprained knee which he suffered late in round 1 against Memphis.
Fox News reports that Griffin received 4 stitches on the inside and outside of his lip right before half time after a collision with Manu Ginbili's shoulder late in the second quarter. Girffin fell and one of his teeth went through his lip.
After missing 2 shots in a row, Paul fouled Danny Green, the AP reports. Green made the first free throw, but missed the second. The Spurs led 101-99.
The ending came when Mo WIlliams fouled Tony Parker, sending him to the line. Parker missed the first, but made the second free throw with just a second left.
The final score was Spurs 102, Clippers 99.
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