The defending champions San Antonio Spurs came into Los Angeles cool as cucumbers. They held a shoot around while their worthy nemesis Los Angeles Clippers took it easy and tried to play cool. When it came down to the final quarter of a hotly contested game, the Clippers melted under their coolness, providing an unforced error to the Spurs, allowing them to escape back to the River City with one goal in mind. The first to four.
Providing the escape was a fluke play by DeAndre Jordon. After Clippers Center Blake Griffin lofted a shot to the bucket, Jordon tipped the ball into the cylinder as the ball spun inside the bucket.
“I can’t blame anybody for that but me,” he said. “I was trying to make a play on the ball, but it ended up being a dumb play.”Jordon, who had a stellar 30-14-7 game, said.
“We got lucky,” Spurs Guard Manu Ginobili said after the epic game. “The ball was going in.”
Old Man Riverwalk, Tim Duncan came up with a huge block on Blake Griffin when it mattered most, in the final minute of the game.
“His timing is just impeccable,” Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said. “He has a hard time jumping over the proverbial piece of paper, and he gets in position. He knows where to be. He’s played long enough.”
Game Six is scheduled for Thursday night at 8:30. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!
The Los Angeles Clippers came out swinging last night and delivered a 30 point first quarter, while holding the Spurs to 18, that set the tone for the rest of the game. The Spurs are looking to rebound tomorrow night in Los Angeles. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 32 points while Center Blake Griffin contributed 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard with 18.
“They’re still the defending champs, and they’re going to be the defending champs every night,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We have a lot of confidence in our team, but you just have to stay humble and respect who you’re playing.”
“We give them a lot of credit, because they sustained it longer than we did,” Spurs Forward Tim Duncan said. “They played harder longer. They had the energy with their home crowd behind them.”
Game two is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 at Staples Center. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!
Head to Head Record 2-2
The defending NBA Champion Spurs (55-27) road to a repeat Championship (and three-peat to the NBA Finals) begins in Los Angeles and this time the Lakers are nowhere to be seen. This time, Doc Rivers, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clipppers (56-26) will provide the competition in the first round. The match up, their first since the Spurs swept them in 2003, should be one of the premier match ups of all the playoffs, especially in comparison to the East match up of Brooklyn (38-44) vs Atlanta (60-22).
“You probably never want to play the Spurs in the first round if you have a choice,” Griffin told the LA Times. “The Spurs are playing their best basketball, like they normally tend to do.”
Tickets for the first round are on sale now so be sure to get out and support your San Antonio Spurs as they make their way through the 2015 NBA Playoffs