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NBA: Mills steps up for injured Parker as Spurs trump Redick-less Clippers

February 19, 2014 2:25pm

LOS ANGELES - With injured San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker sitting out Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), Patty Mills filled the void in a big way.

Mills came off the bench to score 18 of his 25 points in the second half as the Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 113-103 at Staples Center.

The Spurs (39-15) snapped a three-game win streak by the Clippers (37-19) and handed Los Angeles a rare home defeat. Los Angeles is 23-5 at Staples. San Antonio has the NBA's best road mark, 21-7.

Mills connected on nine of 15 shots from the floor. He also had five rebounds and five assists. Guard Marco Belinelli added 20 points, forward Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and forward Danny Green chipped in 14 points. Mills outscored the entire Clippers' bench, which accounted for 20 points.

Forward Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 35 points and 12 rebounds, while guard Jamal Crawford finished with 25 points. Chris Paul scored 11 points and handed out nine assists, but the point guard missed nine of his 10 shots from the field. Center DeAndre Jordan added 18 rebounds and six blocks.

The Spurs took an 86-76 lead on a jumper by Mills less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. Mills' three-pointer with 8:46 left pushed the advantage to 93-81. Los Angeles cut the lead to six on a Crawford trey with 5:17 remaining, but they got no closer as Mills and the Spurs pulled away.

The Spurs converted 9-of-20 attempts from behind the arc, with Belinelli hitting 3-of-6. The Clippers hit only 6-of-21 from three-point range.

San Antonio took a 56-51 lead at the break, ending the half on a 14-3 run.

Griffin topped 6,000 points in his career during the first half. He is one of eight active players to score 6,000 before the end of his fourth season.

The clubs split their previous meetings, with Los Angeles rolling to a 115-92 victory on December 16 (Dec. 17, PHL time) and the Spurs coasting to a 116-92 win on January 4 (Jan. 5, PHL time). That was the Clippers' worst defeat this season. - Reuters

The scores:

SPURS 113 - Mills 25, Belinelli 20, Duncan 19, Green 14, Diaw 12, Ginobili 9, Joseph 7, Brown 4, Ayres 2, Baynes 1, Bonner 0

CLIPPERS 103 - Griffin 35, Crawford 25, Paul 11, Collison 10, Jordan 7, Barnes 5, Dudley 5, Bullock 3, Hollins 2, Turkoglu 0, Green 0

San Antonio    24-32-26-31
Los Angeles    26-25-25-27

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