Chris Paul combined with Blake Griffin to refuse defending champions San Antonio Spurs a series win at home in Game 6 on Thursday. The Los Angeles Clippers extended the series to the wire by pulling off a 102-96 win to tie 3-3. The team now have the advantage of finishing it off at home on Saturday.
Clippers started game 6 back on the wall facing elimination. And as per the see-saw series, the contest was keen in the final quarter. The winners led 76-72 at the end of the third quarter. The Spurs reduced the margin to 96-93, with a 3-pointer from Marco Belinelli, but Kawhi Leonard missed the opportunity to tie with 40 seconds remaining.
Chris Paul’s diving jumper then extended the lead for Los Angeles. But Belinelli scored another 3-pointer to close in at 98-96. A foul on Jamal Crawford handed the Clippers 2 free throws with 10.1 seconds left. Crawford scored from both to make it 100-96. Blake Griffin, in the dying moments, made the most of a pair of free throws to seal the fate of Game 6 over Clippers’ favor.
Griffin led the winners with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. J.J Redick added 19 more to the tally. Chris Paul, who missed his first eight attempts, starred in the second half to score 19 points.
The Clippers’ poor show from the three-point line continued, as they managed to score only 4 of 18, after dismal 1 of 14 in game 5.
Belinelli top-scored for the Spurs with 23 points, hitting 7 of his 11 three-pointers on target. Boris Diaw finished with 17 points.
The Spurs have registered two victories in three games at the Staple Center in the current series.