The Spurs finished off their round one series against the Utah Jazz with a sweep that was completed eight days ago. There was worry that, although the rest would be good for the veteran led team, there would be some rust coming out to start the game. San Antonio quickly erased that thought as they came out and knocked down 13 threes to tie a franchise record set in 2007. Kawhi Leonard, Daniel Green, and Manu Ginobili all knocked down three each.
Tim Duncan was also a huge piece of the victory on Tuesday night. He recorded yet another double-double with 26 points and 10 boards giving him his 57th game of 25 points and 10 rebounds, first place among active players and seventh all time.
It wasnâ€™t just the offense that got it done for the Spurs, they played very well on the defensive end as well containing Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. They held Paul to just six points, and he was scoreless after the first quarter. Griffin only scored 15 points and â€œLob cityâ€ was never really able to get off the ground for the larger part of the game. Griffin, like in game seven against the Grizzlies, sat most of the fourth quarter with perhaps a still ailing knee injury.
The Spurs were far from perfect on the night though. The team had nine turnovers and finished 18 on the game, leading to 24 points for the Clippers. Tony Parker struggled on offense as well, but he did end the game with 11 assists. They gave up 23 points to Eric Bledsoe off the bench as he led the Clippers in scoring.
The positives far outweighed the negatives on the night though as the Spurs won by a final score of 108-92. The largest lead for the Spurs was 18 at several points throughout the game. The closest the Clippers got to the Spurs was after a 10 and 0 run with just under nine minutes remaining in the game to get the lead down to eight.
San Antonio will try to keep their streak going when game two will takes place in San Antonio on Thursday at 9:30.