Defending Champions San Antonio Spurs exhibited their merit and potential by winning two in a row after conceding the first game of the playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers to take a 2-1 lead.
The Spurs rode on Kawhi Leonard’s 32 points to thrash the Clippers 100-73 in Game 3 on Friday at home. On the day he received the Defensive Player of the Year Trophy, Leonard took control of the game leading his side to score 25 points within the first 10 minutes. Though the first half was relatively low-scoring as both sides were defensive and prohibited opponents from making shots, Kawhi notched up 16 points within that half. Apart from scoring 32, he returned with 4 rebounds and an assist.
The Clippers, in a brief spell during the first half, reduced the margin to 35-31 from 25-13. But a turn-around wasn’t there on the cards in the 3rd quarter as the Spurs blew their opponents with 24-11 score on that period.
They led 46-38 during the halfway-mark, though the margin could have been bigger in terms of their dominance in the game.
Boris Diaw coming in as a substitute added 15 more to the winners tally. Tim Duncan, the hero of Game 2, scored only 4 and 7 rebounds.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers’ resistance with 14 points and 10 rebounds. With only seven points and four assists, Chris Paul had his worst game in the playoffs. However, the Spurs led double digits throughout the final quarter.
This is the only the first-round match-up where both teams have registered victories.
The series now moves on to Game 4 at Los Angeles on Sunday.