Sunday, May 20, 2012

San Antonio Spurs beat Los Angeles Clippers 96-86 to take 3-0 series lead

Tim Duncan scored 19 points for the San Antonio Spurs, helping to engineer a 24-0 run in the third quarter after the San Antonio Spurs trailed by 24 points, and the Spurs defeated the Clippers 96-86 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their second round NBA playoff series.

Tony Parker added 23 points, while Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard had 14 points to help the San Antonio Spurs with their 17th in a row and improve to 7-0 in the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Clippers were led by Blake Griffin with 28 points, while back up guard Mo Williams added 19 points for the Clippers, who face some daunting task as no team in the history of the NBA has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

The Clippers were on fire on the first quarter which saw them leading 22 points 33-11 on the first quarter, but the Spurs cut that lead by the end of the first half to 10 53-43.

Then came the second half, after a quiet first half Tim Duncan helped the Spurs control the third quarter when they outscored the Clippers 26-8. The Spurs took their first lead during a 23-0 run on a fadeaway jumper by Tim Duncan, who scored nine points in the outburst that put them ahead for good, at the end of the third the Spurs are ahead 69-61. The Clippers never got back then.

Game 4 will still be played in Los Angeles. 

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