Tim Duncan had 26 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two block shots and the well rested San Antonio Spurs defeat the Los Angeles Clippers to win Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series, 108-92 on Tuesday night.
The Clippers played well early in the game, before San Antonio built an 8-point lead at halftime and streched their margin to 87-72 entering the fourth quarter.
Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who've won 15 in a row. It's the longest winning streak sustained in the NBA playoffs since the 2004 Spurs won 17 straight.
"It's the playoffs. It's going to be physical. We knew that coming in," Duncan said. "We just expected to attack the basket as much as possible."
Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 23 points, while Blake Griffin and Caron Butler added 15 points apiece.
Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 16 points, six boards and three steals, Danny Green had 15 points points, six rebounds and two blocks, and Boris Diaw chipped in seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Spurs.
San Antonio's leading scorer, Tony Parker finished with just seven points on 1-of-9 shooting from the floor, but had 11 assists.
His counterpart Chris Paul also had an off night. Paul scored six points of 3-of-13 field goal shooting and handed out 10 dimes.
The Clippers' bench outscored the Spurs reserves 46-37, and had the edge on fast break points 17-9.
San Antonio dominated on the inside, outscoring Los Angeles on inside points 42-30, and won the battle of the boards 47-34. The Spurs also had 29 assists compared to the Clippers 19.
Game 2 is on Thursday night at the AT&T Center.
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