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Spurs end skid with triumph over Clippers

/ 02:37 PM January 06, 2021
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San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) and center Jakob Poeltl (25) celebrate the 116-113 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 5, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Patty Mills scored 27 points off the bench, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 116-113 victory over the host Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Mills hit 8-of-12 3-pointers for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge, who returned from a three-game absence after a knee injury, added 14 points and six rebounds for San Antonio. Rudy Gay had 16 points and Devin Vassell scored 12.

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Kawhi Leonard had 30 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who played without Paul George (ankle). Nicolas Batum contributed 21 points and Patrick Beverley scored 20 points, making six 3-pointers. Lou Williams chipped in 15.

A layup by Beverley and two free throws by Batum allowed the Clippers to close within 115-113 with 47.4 seconds remaining. After Clippers guard Luke Kennard missed a 3-pointer, Mills made one of two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to cap the scoring.

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Leonard misfired on a 3-pointer before the final horn.

Los Angeles opened the third on a 21-8 run after a 3-pointer by Beverley to slice the margin to 71-65 with 6:57 left in the quarter. After the Spurs increased the deficit to double digits again about a minute later, the Clippers rallied and pulled within 85-84 heading into the final quarter after a 3-point shot by Williams.

The Clippers outscored the Spurs 40-22 in the third.

In the second quarter, a 28-3 surge boosted the Spurs to a 54-30 lead after a layup by Lonnie Walker IV with 5:45 left. By the end of the half, the Spurs led 63-44.

San Antonio relied upon its 3-point shooting in the first half, connecting on 11 of 21 attempts (52.4 percent) to 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) for the Clippers.

Overall, the Spurs hit 20 of 40 3-pointers (50 percent) compared to 15 of 35 (42.9 percent) for the Clippers.

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