Tim Duncan leads San Antonio past Los Angeles Clippers | NBA
Tim Duncan scored 34 points, including a winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, to lead San Antonio to a 104-102 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.
SAN ANTONIO — All-Star Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs usually is a man of little emotion and few words.
The Los Angeles Clippers brought out a demonstrative side seldom seen from the 16-season veteran and it helped lead to their downfall.
Duncan scored a season-high 34 points, including a winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and San Antonio beat the Clippers 104-102 Friday night.
Fired up after being fouled hard twice in the second quarter, Duncan was 12 for 19 from field and also had 11 rebounds in leading San Antonio (55-17) to its seventh straight home victory.
"There was a stretch where they put the whistle away," Duncan said. "It gave me a little energy to kind of play a little harder."
Duncan's winning shot was a 16-footer and he was fouled by Willie Green.
"He traveled," guard Chris Paul of the Clippers said of Duncan. "He made an unbelievable shot, though."
Tony Parker added 24 points and eight assists for Western Conference-leading San Antonio.
Blake Griffin scored 18 points for the Clippers (49-24) and Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High in Seattle, added 16.
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LeBron James led the Heat with 36 points. James recently was chided by Boston executive Danny Ainge for complaining about calls.
Minus the profanity, Heat president Pat Riley told media: "Danny Ainge needs to shut up and manage his own team."
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Jason Terry, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, added 24 points for Boston.
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