SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs had rallied within a basket of the Los Angeles Clippers with less than 30 seconds remaining and the crowd was buzzing.
Some would call it a tense situation. Chris Paul calls it “winning time.”
Paul had 19 points and eight assists and the Clippers beat San Antonio 92-87 last night for their second win against the Spurs this season.
Paul’s 10-foot jumper in the lane with 24.6 seconds left gave the Clippers a 91-87 lead.
“Yeah, I wanted to shoot; I didn’t know how, I just needed a little space,” Paul said. “I love those situations – when it’s winning time. We’re up two with 24 seconds left, I want it.”
Spurs guard Gary Neal missed a 3-point attempt on the subsequent possession, which Eric Bledsoe gathered for his fifth rebound. Bledsoe, who had nine points, made one of two free throws for the final margin.
Matt Barnes added 14 points, DeAndre Jordan 13 and Blake Griffin had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers (8-2).
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs (8-3), who suffered their second home loss this season. Manu Ginobili added 15 points and Tony Parker 11.
The Spurs rallied when Matt Bonner made a pair of 3s sandwiched around one from Parker to pull to 88-85 with 2 minutes remaining.
Bonner, who did not play in the first three periods, finished with 10 points.
San Antonio needed the late rally after losing a lead and Stephen Jackson after the first quarter. Jackson, who suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right pinkie finger late in the first quarter, is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Jackson finished with two points and two rebounds, but the team missed his toughness most.
The Spurs were outscored 29-14 in the second quarter while shooting 3 for 18 from the field. It was a season low for points in a quarter by San Antonio.
Other Monday night scores: Pacers 96, Wizards 89; Bucks 98, Bobcats 102; Magic 72, Hawks 81; Nuggets 97, Grizzlies 92; Warriors 105, Mavericks 101; Rockets 91, Jazz 102.