Clippers send Spurs packing with Game Seven win

Sat May 2, 2015 11:24pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Chris Paul scored the winning basket with a second left as the Los Angeles Clippers beat San Antonio 111-109 in Game Seven to send the Spurs crashing out of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Paul, who strained his left hamstring in the first quarter, scored over Spurs forward Tim Duncan to seal the win and finished with 27 points as the Clippers advanced to the conference semi-finals against the Houston Rockets.

Game One is on Monday in Houston.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin added 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the series.

Duncan finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spurs. Point guard Tony Parker had 20 points.

Griffin's two free throws with 3:35 remaining put Los Angeles up 102-101 but Duncan's putback and forward Kawhi Leonard's follow-up from a miss by Patty Mills lifted the Spurs to a 105-102 lead.

A three-pointer from Barnes tied the score again before Parker's putback made it 107-105 for the Spurs with 1:23 remaining.

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford scored on a drive to tie the score and Paul's two free throws with 13.3 seconds left gave the Clippers a 109-107 lead.

Duncan converted two foul shots with 8.8 seconds remaining to knot the score at 109-109 before Paul's last-gasp winning basket.   Continued...

 
May 2, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) blocks a shot by San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) at the buzzer in game seven of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Clippers won 111-109. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports