Splitter scores 22, Spurs easily beat Clippers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tiago Splitter and the Spurs got out to a fast start, then hung on for a bumpier second half against the disorganized Los Angeles Clippers.

Splitter had a season-high 22 points before he was hurt, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Los Angeles 116-92 Saturday night in their first game without injured All-Star Chris Paul.

Tony Parker had 17 points, Manu Ginobili added 15 points and Kawhi Leonard had 10 points for San Antonio (26-8).

Splitter left with 9:37 remaining, injuring his right shoulder after charging into Ryan Hollins' chest.

Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, Blake Griffin had 19 points and Darren Collison added 14 points and six assists starting in place of Paul, who separated his right shoulder Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

Los Angeles gave up 70 points in the first half for the second consecutive night, but rallying proved tougher to do against a 35-point lead than the three-point deficit they faced against Dallas.

"It's easier to do it once you play so bad the game before because you know the mistakes you made," Ginobili said. "We were really sharp from the beginning; our first half was great. Then we kind of stopped a little bit, but the first half was fun to watch. Everybody sharing the ball, attacking, being quick, rotations real sharp, really good first half."

While the Clippers understandably stalled without their leader, who is expected to be out three to five weeks, the rest of their game disappeared, too.

"No one has to replace Chris' anything," Griffin said. "Not his voice, not his game, nothing. Everybody does things differently. We don't have any other guys that talk like Chris. It'll work just fine. In the second half we were communicating with each other. That's all we needed. We didn't need anyone to talk like Chris. That would be our biggest mistake, is to try to replace him with someone or something."

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