Fresh off a brutal series with the Memphis Grizzlies, the banged-up Los Angeles Clippers began their second round matchup with the number one seeded San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, who are polar opposites to the "grit and grind" of the Memphis Grizzlies, used speed, ball movement, and great fundamental basketball to beat the Clippers 108-92 in Game 1.
The Clippers, who shot a very good 45 percent for the game, simply could not slow down the Spurs offense which was even better, shooting 49 percent, including a 13 of 25 performance from long distance. The Clippers were also crushed on the boards, losing the rebounding battle 47 to 34. Tim Duncan lead the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
While the Clippers fought throughout, poor performances from their stars were too much to overcome. Chris Paul was just 3 for 13 from the floor, finishing with six points to go along with 10 assists. Blake Griffin finished with 15 points and nine rebounds but is still recovering from a sprained left knee and now a sprained left ankle.
The Clippers were led in scoring by Eric Bledsoe, who continues to impress. Bledsoe finished with 23 points on 10-16 shooting and also had five rebounds and four assists. Nick Young scored 13 points and DeAndre Jordan finished with seven points and nine rebounds, although all seven points and eight of the nine rebounds came in the first quarter.
Outside of Tim Duncan, the Spurs used phenomenal three point shooting to down the Clippers. Manu Ginobili had 22 points which included three triples. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green also canned three three-pointers a piece and finished with 16 points and 15 points respectively. Tony Parker was one of the few Spurs to struggle, going just 1 for 9 from the floor, finishing with seven points and 11 assists.
The Clippers will have one day of rest before Game 2 in San Antonio on Thursday night. The Spurs lead the series 1-0.
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