SAN ANTONIO—The Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-92 on Saturday, November 5.
Los Angeles controlled the game from the onset, jumping out to a 73-55 lead at halftime. Blake Griffin was dominant in the win, scoring a season high 28 points while adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists for the Clippers. Griffin made an efficient 13 of 19 field goal attempts in what would be the team’s fifth win of the season.
“Our offense was clicking so well I got out in transition, got some easy ones there,” said Griffin. “But I also got some easy looks from Chris Paul and Deandre Jordan. It’s nice to have those easy looks go down and that kind of builds your confidence.”
Chris Paul scored 9 points, while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists for Los Angeles. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year award winner Jamal Crawford led the Clippers’ bench with 16 points, while the newly acquired Marreese Speights had his best game of the season with 15 points and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 19 points and 6 rebounds in their second straight home loss. Two-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner Kawhi Leonard struggled for San Antonio, making just three of his 13 field goal attempts and missing all three of his shots from beyond the arc. Leonard remained positive in defeat despite a poor performance.
“We feel like we gave two [games] away,” Leonard said. But we’ve just got to learn from our mistakes. Teams that are good learn from their failures.”
The Clippers are now 5-1 and on the season and tied for first place in the Western Conference. Los Angeles will face the Detroit Pistons in their next game on Monday, November 7.