Duncan, Spurs sweep Clippers; advances to West Final round
Tim Duncan scored 21 points and added a game-high nine rebounds and three block shots, while Tony Parker had 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the final minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 102-99 on Sunday night, closing out the series 4-0 and advancing to the Western Conference finals.
The Spurs extended their winning streak to 18 games and their playoff record to 8-0, tying the third-best postseason streak in franchise history.
Daniel Green and Gary Neal chipped in 14 points each for San Antonio, and Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter scored 11 points each off the bench.
Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin added 21 points, and Eric Bledsoe provided a spark with 17 points for the Clippers.
Griffin and Paul combined to score 21 of the Clippers' 28 points in the third quarter when they took their first lead of the game. In the fourth, Bledsoe came up big, scoring 11 straight points, to extend their lead to 90-85 with 5:38 remaining, but it wouln't last long.
After Reggie Evans missed two free throws, Green hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 92.
Duncan's hook shot put the Spurs in front 96-94. On the ensuing play, Paul completed a 3-point play to give the Clippers a 97-96 advantage, with 2:10 minutes remaining.
Parker answered with consecutive baskets and the Spurs regained the lead, 100-97, with 1:47 left.
Los Angeles began the game on a 9-4 run before San Antonio scored 14 unanswered points, reminiscent of their 24-0 third-quarter blast Saturday that led to a 96-86 victory in Game 3.
The Spurs will await the winner of the Thunder-Lakers semifinal series, where Oklahoma City leads Los Angeles 3-1. Game 5 is on Monday in Oklahoma.
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