Aldridge leads Spurs' barrage against Clippers, 120-107
FILE - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 12: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2016 Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr. /NBAE via Getty Images)
By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, and the San Antonio Spurs made a season-high 15 three-pointers to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-107 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
San Antonio set several season-highs in capturing its third straight win.
The Spurs had a season-best 12 steals, and Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol all had or matched their best scoring output of the season. Green scored 24 points, Gay had 22 and Gasol added 19. The trio combined to make 11-of-15 three-pointers.
San Antonio finished 15-for-28 from beyond the arc.
The Spurs were dominant in the third quarter for the second straight game. After routing Phoenix by 21 points in the third quarter Sunday (Monday, PHL time), San Antonio outscored the Clippers by 19 (40-21).
The Spurs made six three’s in the quarter, with Manu Ginobili hitting three and Green adding two. Green and Aldridge each had eight points in the third.
Aldridge, Gasol and Green all made a three-pointer in the first five minutes as the team shot 6-for-9 on three’s to open the game.
The Clippers shot 51 percent from the field in the first half, but committed 18 turnovers.
Austin Rivers led Los Angeles with 24 points. Blake Griffin added 15 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
The Clippers played without starting small forward Danilo Gallinari for the first time this season, while the Spurs continued without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.
Clippers: Gallinari did not play after battling a strained left glute for about a week. Following Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) home loss to Miami, Gallinari told reporters he could barely walk on it. It was the first game the nine-year veteran has missed this season. ... Wesley Johnson made his first start of the season. ... The Clippers had been undefeated on the road. They are 2-4 at home. ... Los Angeles is 1-4 since winning its first four games.
Spurs: Reserve forward Joffrey Lauvergne missed his eighth straight game with sprained right ankle. ... Aldridge blocked a shot for the 18th straight game, the league's longest active streak. ... Spurs rookie Derrick White will have to wear a cast for four to five weeks after fracturing his right wrist on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) while playing for San Antonio's G League affiliate in Austin. ... San Antonio's previous high for three-pointers was 12 against Boston on Oct. 30 (Oct. 31, PHL time).
Clippers: Visit Oklahoma City on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) in the Thunder's first home game after a three-game road trip.
Spurs: Host Milwaukee on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) in the fifth of a six-game homestand.