Spurs stay on a roll vs. Clippers
NBA playoffs • Rested San Antonio pulls away from tired Los Angeles.
Published: May 15, 2012 11:43PM
Updated: August 28, 2012 11:33PM
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REMOVES FIRST-ROUND FROM DESCRIPTION - San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, of France, works past Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of Game 1 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

San Antonio • So much for getting rusty: The San Antonio Spurs didn’t miss a beat after a weeklong break, extending a winning streak that few NBA teams have ever sustained in the playoffs.

The weary Los Angeles Clippers looked just beaten — and making matters worse, they’re even a little more beat-up than when they got here.

Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds following an eight-day layoff for the top-seeded Spurs, who wore down Los Angeles in the Clippers’ sixth game in 11 days and won Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series, 108-92 on Tuesday night.

“It’s hard to tell if they were tired or not. If we were rusty or not,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “The game just developed that way it did.”

By that, he meant the latest Spurs blowout.

The Spurs have won 15 in a row, haven’t lost in more than a month and are winning by an average margin of nearly 17 points during that span. It’s the longest winning streak sustained in the NBA playoffs since the 2004 Spurs carried 17 straight wins into the second round that season.

That Spurs team, however, wound up dropping four straight to the Lakers and lost that series. The Clippers have a lot of work to do if they’re going to stage a similar stunner, and a good start would be getting healthy.

Blake Griffin scored 15 points in 28 minutes a day after estimating his sprained left knee had him feeling “80 percent” at best. The All-Star said he became tired quicker than usual, and also turned his left ankle early in the game.

“But I’ll get back in the training room, get treatment and hope to be better the next game,” Griffin said.

The marquee matchup of the series — All-Star point guards Tony Parker and Chris Paul — began with a fizzle.

Paul, who ended the first round with an aching hip, scored just six points and didn’t make a single basket in the second half. Parker was barely any batter, putting together seven points and 11 assists, and didn’t talk to reporters after the game.

Paul did face the media after his worst playoff game since scoring four points in a loss to Denver in 2009. But not until after a quick chat with his young son.

“Good game, Daddy,” Paul’s son said in the locker room.

“No, bad game,” Paul told him. “Daddy had a bad game. Daddy couldn’t make a shot.”

Paul, who was 3 of 13 from the floor, gave a more elaborate explanation to reporters.

“I felt I got all the shots that I wanted. I just didn’t make them,” Paul said. “That’s the most frustrating part. Getting to where I wanted to and not seeing them go down. Can’t do that in the playoffs.”

Game 2 is Thursday night.

That gives the beat-up and banged-up Clippers one full day of rest — which is all the time they’ve had to recover between games for the past week and a half. Los Angeles couldn’t even fly home first after knocking out the Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 7 of a grueling series that had the Clippers hobbling next to Texas.

Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 16 points, hitting all three of his 3s, and Danny Green added 15 points for the Spurs.

Caron Butler scored 15 points and Nick Young had 13 for the Clippers. Los Angeles cut the deficit to single digits with a 10-burst in the fourth quarter before San Antonio ran away with its 11th double-digit victory during this dominating winning streak.

The Clippers didn’t even need San Antonio’s help getting more bumps and bruises: Mo Williams, already playing with his sore right fingers taped, took a lump on the head when teammate Reggie Evans kicked him with an errant foot after Williams fell on his back in the lane.

Williams wobbled when he tried standing, sat back down, and the Clippers burned a timeout. He never left the game, but the Clippers weren’t getting any fresher.

Parker, meanwhile, finally felt the hard knocks and slow-him-down shoves that Utah repeatedly promised but never delivered in the first round. Sometimes, the All-Star looked in vain to officials when the whistle didn’t blow. When that didn’t work once in the first quarter, he kept jabbering about a no-call on the last possession while lining up to shoot free throws on the current one.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, pacing and sensing an impending technical foul, silenced his leading scorer.

“Tony!” Popovich snapped from the sideline. “Shoot!”

Parker waved off the NBA Coach of the Year — he was under control. But his frustrations didn’t end there. He was 1 for 9 despite playing 38 minutes, scoring all but two of his points at the foul line.

“He didn’t score, but he got 11 assists,” Ginobili said. “That’s who we are. Sometimes it’s not going to be him.”

Spurs 108, Clippers 92

R Tim Duncan totals 26 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio wins its 15th straight game.

• L.A.’s Blake Griffin is limited to 15 points in 28 minutes while dealing with a sprained left knee.

Spurs 108, Clippers 92

FG FT Reb

L.A.C. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Butler 29:20 6-13 0-0 0-2 0 2 15

Griffin 28:24 7-17 1-2 2-9 4 2 15

Jordan 22:54 3-5 1-2 2-9 0 2 7

Paul 37:30 3-13 0-0 0-3 10 1 6

Foye 20:41 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 3

Bledsoe 26:34 10-16 2-2 4-5 4 5 23

Young 19:48 4-7 2-3 0-1 0 0 13

Martin 22:54 2-6 3-4 0-2 0 3 7

Williams 20:58 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3

Evans 8:23 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 4 0

Simmons 2:34 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 37-83 9-13 8-34 19 21 92

Percentages: FG .446, FT .692. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Young 3-3, Butler 3-7, Foye 1-1, Williams 1-2, Bledsoe 1-3, Paul 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 16 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Griffin 3, Martin 2, Bledsoe, Butler, Foye, Williams). Turnovers: 15 (Paul 5, Butler 3, Griffin 3, Bledsoe 2, Evans 2). Steals: 11 (Paul 5, Bledsoe 3, Griffin, Jordan, Martin). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

S.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Leonard 28:30 5-8 3-4 3-6 1 1 16

Duncan 34:51 12-20 2-2 2-10 2 2 26

Diaw 27:16 3-9 0-0 5-12 5 0 7

Parker 38:00 1-9 5-5 0-2 11 1 7

Green 29:20 6-11 0-0 0-6 2 2 15

Ginobili 26:54 6-13 7-8 0-3 3 3 22

Bonner 7:44 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 1 0

Jackson 20:05 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 3

Splitter 12:08 2-2 0-2 1-1 0 2 4

Neal 12:06 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 5

Anderson 1:05 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 3

Mills 1:01 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Blair 1:01 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:01 39-80 17-21 11-47 29 17 108

Percentages: FG .488, FT .810. 3-Point Goals: 13-25, .520 (Leonard 3-3, Green 3-6, Ginobili 3-8, Anderson 1-1, Diaw 1-2, Jackson 1-2, Neal 1-2, Parker 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 18 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Duncan 2, Green 2, Bonner, Diaw, Leonard). Turnovers: 18 (Parker 4, Green 3, Splitter 3, Ginobili 2, Leonard 2, Neal 2, Duncan, Jackson). Steals: 9 (Diaw 3, Leonard 3, Duncan 2, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.

L.A. Clippers 29 20 23 20 — 92

San Antonio 29 28 30 21 — 108

Attendance • 18,581

Time • 2:26.

Officials • Scott Foster, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson.

Playoff schedule

Tuesday

Indiana 78, Miami 75

Series tied 1-1

San Antonio 108, L.A. Clippers 92

San Antonio leads series 1-0

Wednesday

Boston at Philadelphia, 5 p.m., TNT

Series tied 1-1

L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City 7:30 p.m., TNT

Oklahoma City leads series 1-0