LA Clippers (7 - 2)
San Antonio (8 - 2)
By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers' history against the San Antonio Spurs entering this season wasn't exactly stellar, but Los Angeles proved in the last meeting it isn't the same team San Antonio has picked on in recent years.
The Clippers look to extend their five-game winning streak that started with a dominating win over the Spurs in Monday night's rematch in Texas.
San Antonio swept Los Angeles out of last season's playoffs and entered 2012-13 with a 52-6 record in the series - including the postseason - since December 1997.
The Clippers, though, routed the Spurs 106-84 on Nov. 7 at Staples Center behind 22 points and 10 rebounds from Blake Griffin and 20 points and 11 boards from DeAndre Jordan.
"We still remember what they did to us a couple months ago," Jordan said after that contest. "That was extra motivation."
The victory started a five-game run, during which Los Angeles (7-2) has won by an average of 15.2 points after beating Chicago 101-80 on Saturday.
Griffin scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Jamal Crawford added 22 points off the bench for the Clippers, who also will face Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and Atlanta during a four-game road trip.
"We'd be in really good shape right now if it was a 10-game season," said Chris Paul, who's second in the league with 10.2 assists per game. "We couldn't ask for more out of ourselves, but we just have to keep remembering that it's a long season. We have a big road trip coming up that starts in San Antonio, which is a tough place to play."
That's especially true for the Clippers, who have dropped 28 of the last 30 overall road meetings with a Spurs team that has won four of five since losing to Los Angeles.
San Antonio (8-2) improved to 4-1 at home with a 126-100 victory over Denver on Saturday, leading by as many as 32 points while setting a season high for points scored and going 16 of 27 from 3-point range.
"It's a lot of fun, for any team, when shots are going in," said Danny Green, who had 15 points. "We've had a couple of games where we've struggled. When shots are falling for you, it makes it a lot of fun, a lot easier."
The sizable lead allowed Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to rest in the fourth quarter after scoring 14 points apiece. Manu Ginobili scored a game-high 20 while hitting 5 of 7 from behind the arc.
Ginobili entered the game hitting only 37.3 percent of his shots.
"I'm very happy of course, and that's all I care about. I feel great that I had a good game," Ginobili said. "I needed it to build confidence and hopefully I keep building from here."
Coach Gregg Popovich said Los Angeles "kicked our (butts)" after the last meeting, but he saw good things for the team to build on in Saturday's win.
"They did a great job of finding the open man," Popovich said. "The ball movement was great and it allowed us to score."
Parker finished with four points on 2 of 7 shooting as the Spurs committed 20 turnovers and finished with a season low for points scored in the last meeting with the Clippers.
This one could be fun to watch. The Clippers are not likely to have their foot off the gas with the Lakers beginning to appear in their rear view mirror. The Spurs on the other hand will be looking for payback while doing so without their starting SF.
Should be interesting.....the Spurs finally had a game where they were knocking down the 3pt shot, Manu looked better as well. Hopefully they can build on the momentum.
I think he's going to be a star. And as time goes on, he'll be the face of the Spurs, I think.--- Coach Pop on Leonard
Blow out by My Spurs! Spurs mop the floor with them Clippers.
Anything less than a Blow out if a not acceptable!
Spurs TEAM D wins tonight!
Go Spurs Go!
Go Spurs Go!
VERY SAD and BAD LOSS!
This one hurts as HELL. Because Spurs were supposed to be motivated by that embarrassing loss in LA and come with a chip on their shoulder esp at home.....
I can understand injuries were real tough but Spurs did not show any HEART or motivation at all. (TD and Manu and Green are exceptions) Tony was so and so.....But other Spurs were just being so complacent and complacency Suck!
They deserved that loss because few of them stepped up when Captain Jack got injured most Spurs felt sorry for themselves and laid an egg.
Clippers dropped that hammer on the 2nd Q and that was when the Spurs surrendered and caved in.
Spurs mostly played very selfish and not like a TEAM and that was the end of it...
Hope this teaches Spurs how LOST and FAR they are now from being top seed in this tougher than TOUGH Western Conference PO picture now.
We Need All Spurs to step up to fill up the huge gap by LEONARD and Cap JACK the hole just got VERY DEEP now....
Hope to see a Good Road Trip because we need them to get tougher. Especially in FIGHTING bullies back... No other team especially Western Conf will bow down and give the game to the Spurs. Spurs must go and EARN it!
Go Spurs Go
Go Spurs Go!
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