Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/31

Game 1: Friday, December 31st
Game 2: Wednesday, January 19th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th
Game 4: Saturday, April 9th

Clippers 79

(18-20, 5-10 away)

Spurs 80

(32-9, 21-1 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 19, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 19 22 14 2479
    SA 21 19 25 1580

    Top Performers

    LAC: C. Kaman 21 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    SA: T. Parker 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast

    Brand's last-second jumper bricks off

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- On a normal night, Chris Kaman might have risked a foul on Tony Parker as the San Antonio Spurs guard drove toward the basket in the final seconds against the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Spurs are erratic from the free throw line most nights, but on Wednesday, they had made 16 of 18, so Kaman pulled back.

    The decision was the wrong one, as Parker banked in a layup high off the backboard with 7.8 seconds left to give San Antonio an 80-79 win.

    "I moved at the last second," said the 7-foot Kaman, who bumped bodies with the 6-foot-3 Parker on the game-winning play. "It was a call on my part, it wasn't really a mistake. It was just unfortunate he got the shot off."

    The Clippers took a 79-78 lead with 19 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Bobby Simmons. On the next possession, the Spurs' Manu Ginobili curled around the lane and passed to Parker in the left corner.

    Parker, who finished with 25 points, faked a 3-pointer to get Simmons off his feet and then drove baseline.

    "I wanted to shoot the 3, but they came so fast that I pump-faked and it was wide open," he said.

    On Kaman's reaction, Parker said, "I think I came too fast for him. He had no chance."

    The Clippers' final inbounds play went to Elton Brand, who backed Tim Duncan in a couple of steps before his turnaround jumper went off the right side of the rim. The ball bounced around before Ginobili grabbed the rebound as time expired.

    "I had a good look at it ... I just needed to make the play," said Brand, who had 14 points and 18 rebounds. "It was good defense (by Duncan), but I thought I had a chance."

    Ginobili, who missed Monday's win over Washington with a thigh bruise, scored 13 points. Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved the NBA's best home record to 21-1.

    San Antonio's victory, combined with Phoenix's 88-79 loss to Memphis, gives the Spurs the NBA's best record at 32-9. The Spurs meet the Suns in Phoenix on Friday night before playing in Sacramento on Sunday.

    "We'll have to hit the boards and shoot the ball better than we did tonight if we want to win those games," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

    The Spurs shot 39.7 percent while holding the Clippers to 35.1 percent. Los Angeles outrebounded San Antonio 62-44.

    Kaman scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost its third straight game. Corey Maggette had 20 points for the Clippers.

    Parker scored 15 of his points in the third, including his team's final eight points of the quarter as the Spurs built a 65-55 lead going into the fourth. That lead grew to as many as 13 before the Clippers went on an 11-0 run led by Kaman and Maggette.

    San Antonio made six of its first seven shots, three of them by Duncan inside, but then missed seven of its next eight. Los Angeles also started slowly.

    Trailing by six late in the second quarter, the Clippers went on a 12-5 run to end the half.

    Kaman tied the score at 37 on a dunk after he rebounded his own miss with about a minute left. Parker hit an 18-footer with nine seconds on the clock to put San Antonio ahead by one, but Simmons followed with a long jumper at the buzzer to make it 41-40 Clippers.

    Game notes

    The Spurs' record is the team's best ever at the midpoint of a season. ... Duncan is averaging 13.7 points in his past three games, about eight points under his season mark. ... Robert Horry left the game in the third quarter with a dislocated right kneecap. ... Kaman is averaging 14.2 points in the past six games, better than twice his season average. ... The Clippers play Thursday in Dallas. The game will end their third back-to-back series in nine days.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 80
    FGM-FGA 27-77 (.351) 31-78 (.397)
    3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 2-15 (.133)
    FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 16-18 (.889)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-49 9-39
    Assists 16 21
    Turnovers 14 10
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 6 7
    Fast Break Points 4 22
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 3 13

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    San Antonio
    Chris Kaman Kaman
    Points: 21
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0