(SAN ANTONIO) — The San Antonio Spurs looked anything but rusty on Tuesday night against the Clippers.
With eight-days off between playoff games, San Antonio cruised past the Clippers 108-92 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semi-finals matchup. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with 26 points and Tony Parker had seven with 11 assists.
“Tim (Duncan) was solid as usual; he’s played like that all year long. He’s not going to do anything that’s going to be on a highlight film for T.V. but for highlight film for coaches, possibly,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. “Just being solid making the great pass, playing the defense that he did, rebounding, he’s the anchor.”
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points in the win.
“It’s hard to tell if they were tired or not. If we were rusty or not,” Ginobili said. “The game just developed that way it did.”
The Spurs defense held Chris Paul to just six points and Blake Griffin to 15.
“I felt I got all the shots that I wanted. I just didn’t make them,” Paul said. “That’s the most frustrating part. Getting to where I wanted to and not seeing them go down. Can’t do that in the playoffs.”
Game 2 will be Thursday night.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire