Blake Griffin’s heroics during game 1 were severely challenged and finally outsmarted by vintage Tim Duncan as the San Antonio Spurs punched back against the Los Angeles Clippers during game 2 of the NBA ’15 Playoffs.
In a cracker of a match that went down to the wire on Wednesday night, the Spurs registered a 111-107 victory on overtime. Duncan coupled with Kawhi Leonard to score a combined 51 points, finally taking the game away from the Clippers. With the win, the Spurs restored parity in the Western Conference playoff Series 1-1.
The Spurs blew a 10-point lead in the third and fourth quarter. Duncan later apologized to his teammates for his poor show in the 4th quarter, stating, ”I was awful, I missed two or three layups, I made two or three defensive mistakes, got out of position and gave up dunks to DeAndre (Jordan).”
The Spurs star made amends in overtime, scoring four straight points. Patty Mills stepped in from the bench, replacing wounded Tony Parker, to score eighteen points. Duncan snatched a 101-all tie with a jumper, while Mills and Leonard added layup scores to secure 107-101 lead for the defending champions.
“This is going to be a helluva series,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
The series is the only one among eight that is tied after game 2. It will now move on to game 3 at San Antonio on Friday.
Blake Griffin sounded disappointed even after returning with a maiden playoff triple-double, notching up 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
“That game is on me,” he said. ”I just got to take care of the ball.”
His turnover in the dying seconds proved to be costly for the Clippers.