LOS ANGELES (NWN) — Paul George scored 34 points, hitting 12 of 13 free throws, as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-92 on Tuesday night.
Reggie Jackson overcame a poor start and finished with 21 points to help the Clippers bounce back after ending a seven-match winning streak on Sunday.
“We needed it all,” said Clippers coach Tyrone Lew. “He was too big for us.”
DeJonte Murray missed his second triple-double since Sunday, giving Spurs 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Derrick White added 19 points and Drew Eubanks had 10 rebounds in Spurs’ third straight loss.
“We still have some things to figure out, but there’s still a lot of accidents that we’re going to have to pay for in these games,” White said. “Just try to shore them up and perform a little bit better and try to figure out how to win some games.”
Rookie Brandon Boston Jr. scored six points in the first of the Clippers’ fourth before Eric Bledsoe’s steal and layup extended their lead to 18 points.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do, so the defense doesn’t know what I’m going to do,” Boston said.
Young Spurs kept it up and reduced their deficit to 91-82.
Jackson fired 3-pointers in a row and George took a 99-82 lead.
Doug McDermott and Keldon Johnson then scored 3-pointers after Spurs drew again within nine. Boston scored the last five points of the Clippers and finished with 13 to close the game, playing 20 minutes with the other players.
“I love the child,” said George. “He gives us energy and we need it.”
Boston is known for standing the entire game when it is mostly on the bench.
“I’m the youngest so I got a chance to bring out the energy in these people,” he said.
Greg Popovich is coaching its youngest roster since moving to San Antonio in 1996. The average age of the team is 24.5 years.
“The effort is there. They are growing, doing little things better all the time,” he said. “It is frustrating to lose, but when a team is working hard and ready to learn it is at a loss. Pleasant as hell too.”
White’s basket at the start of the third gave Spurs their first lead since the opening quarter. The teams traded baskets before Thaddeus Young tied at 69-all.
From there, the Clippers beat the Spurs 14–2 to enter the fourth leading 83–71. After struggling in the first half, Jackson quickly exploded for seven points, feeding Isaiah Harttenstein for a blocked shot and an arm jam.
The Clippers saw most of their 12-point lead disappear by halftime. Spurs scored 13–5 in second place, including nine runs from Murray, trailing 57–53 at the break.
Spurs: Dropped 2-6 on the road. … Jock Landell remains in the league’s health and safety protocols. …Jacob Poetl may return on Thursday. He is regaining his fitness after sticking to health and safety protocols.
Clippers: f/g Terrence Mann sitting out with a left ankle sprain. … Justice Winslow dropped out for personal reasons.
Boston is one of six players featured in “Clutch Academy,” a five-part series starting November 23 on BET.
It follows players as college prospects preparing for their pro careers leading up to the NBA draft. Agent Rich Paul executive produced the series as part of a partnership with Clutch Sports Group and BET Studios.
“It’s going to be a good one,” said Boston, who played in Kentucky. “It’s going to show off the work we’ve done this summer.”
Spurs: Visit Minnesota on Thursday to end the three-game journey.
Clippers: Visit Memphis on Thursday to start a two-game journey.
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