|Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan blocks a shot attempt by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Dece. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)|
Ginobili scores 24 as Spurs top Clippers 115-90
Blake Griffin scored 28 points for the Clippers, while Chris Paul was held to 3-of-10 shooting and finished with 10 points.
Richard Jefferson added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Spurs, who have won 17 straight home games against the Clippers, a streak that dates to Jan. 31, 2002. Tony Parker scored 14 points, James Anderson 12 and Tim Duncan 10.
The Spurs hit 45 of 80 shots from the field while limiting the Clippers to 29-of-74 shooting. San Antonio led by only four points at halftime but outscored Los Angeles 38-17 in the third quarter to take control.
The Clippers weren't able to get closer than 19 in the fourth quarter. After a DeAndre Jordan free throw made it 98-79, Ginobili hit a 3-pointer then found Blair for a short jumper to put the Spurs up 103-79.
The Spurs hit 16 of 21 shots in the third, with Parker scoring 10 on 4-of-4 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line. Anderson converted a three-point play with 0.3 seconds left in the quarter to give San Antonio its biggest lead of the game -- 96-71.
The Spurs led 58-54 at halftime behind 16 points from Ginobili, who hit 4 of 6 attempts from 3-point range in the half.
Blair added 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Jefferson had 10, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Griffin had 16 points in the first two quarters and scored all but four of those points on either layups or dunks.
San Antonio led by as many as 15 points in the first half, going up 38-23 on a James Anderson layup with 8:19 remaining in the second quarter. The Clippers went on a 16-4 run after that, sparked by two 3-pointers by Billups and one by Caron Butler. Los Angeles tied the game 52-all on a Griffin dunk with 47.9 seconds left in the half.
The Spurs led 26-19 entering the second quarter after holding the Clippers to 8-of-22 shooting in the first. The Clippers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Ginobili responded by scoring the next nine points. Ginobili sandwiched two 3-pointers around three free throws after he was fouled by Billups on a 3-pointer.
Blair scored 10 points in the quarter on 5-of-7 shooting, and Griffin led the Clippers with 10 points.
Notes: Clippers C DeAndre Jordan hit 4 of 6 free throws. He went 4 of 12 in the opener against Golden State. ... Since Dec. 10, 1997, the Spurs have won 47 of 52 against the Clippers. ... The Spurs are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008. ... The big win allowed the Spurs to rest several key players. Duncan played 26 minutes, while Ginobili and Parker played only 27. ... Butler and Mo Williams each had 12 points for the Clippers. Billups had 11.