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Chris Paul, Mo Williams point the way home as Clippers beat Spurs

Chris Paul scores 36 points, Mo Williams has 33 and Clippers win 120-108, their first victory in San Antonio since Jan. 31, 2002. The point guards' combined efforts enable L.A. to finish 3-3 on trip.

March 09, 2012|By Broderick Turner

Chris Paul and Mo Williams wouldn't let the Clippers finish their six-game, 10-day trip as losers.

Mo Williams and Chris Paul were not going to let the Clippers continue their losing ways against the Spurs when they play in San Antonio.

No matter which order the two point guards were placed in, they were the primary forces behind the Clippers' impressive 120-108 victory over the Spurs on Friday night at the AT&T Center.

They combined to score more than half of the Clippers' points, lighting up the Spurs' backcourt by producing 69 points.

Paul tied his season high with 36 points, Williams scored a season-high 33, and because of that the Clippers returned home with a 3-3 record on the trip.

"It was more about this road trip, ending it on a good note," said Paul, who also had 11 assists, four steals and just one turnover in almost 38 minutes. "Three and three sounds a lot better than 2-4, and we had lost two in a row.

"So going back home, we just needed to see what it felt like to win again. We've got a long flight back tonight so it makes the flight easier when we win."

Before the game, there was little hint that the Clippers could win here.

They were facing a Spurs team that had defeated them twice this season, had the second-best record in the Western Conference and was 15-3 at home.

And there was this also thing about the Clippers' not having won a game here in a decade, losing 17 consecutive games since last winning on Jan. 31, 2002.

"I didn't know that," said Paul, who was 12-for-20 from the field, three-for-six from three-point range, and made all nine of his free throws. "I didn't care either, to tell you the truth."

And the Clippers didn't care that the Spurs were without All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who didn't play because of a right quadriceps strain.

The Clippers didn't have key reserve forward Kenyon Martin because of bruised ribs.

But with DeAndre Jordan in constant foul trouble and Blake Griffin (15 points, nine rebounds) being bottled up by the Spurs, Reggie Evans came off the bench to provide the Clippers with 13 rebounds in a little less than 28 minutes.

In the end, it came down to Paul and Williams. The two combined for 17 of the Clippers' 26 fourth-quarter points.

Williams had 11 points in the fourth. His back-to-back three-pointers, both off assists from Paul, opened a 109-103 Clippers lead that stood.

Williams finished 12 for 19 from the field, seven for nine from three-point range.

"I felt good before the game," Williams said. "It was one of those days where I didn't even go warm up. I just stretched and went and played. I just felt good. I got great sleep. It thunderstormed a little bit and a little bit of rain, so I slept like a baby."

The Clippers made 51.2% of their shots against San Antonio's vaunted defense. They made 14 of 27 three-point attempts (51.9%).

And the majority of those shots were made by Paul and Williams, or by Williams and Paul — either way, the dominant forces in the game.

"It's going to take a lot more games like that," Paul said. "We're a team that relies a lot on our jump shot and getting to the rim every now and then. When we're opening the court up like that, it's tough to guard us."

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