SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Maybe Manu Ginobili should always come off
For that matter, maybe Tony Parker should stick to passing
instead of shooting -- at least for the first half.
The two San Antonio players had stellar performances Friday
night as the Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 111-82.
Parker had a career-high 15 assists, besting his previous record
of 14, which also came against the Clippers in December 2003.
Ginobili had 22 points in fewer than 20 minutes.
Parker was scoreless in the first half, missing both his shots
while focusing on getting the ball to teammates. All nine of his
points came in the third quarter.
"They (the Clippers) were kind of forcing me to pass it because
they never really left me open," Parker said. "My teammates kept
making shots, so I decided to keep passing the ball."
Parker had been averaging 19 points and just over five assists a
"We just happened to have a great night and it was sparked by
Tony Parker," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I think he set
the table for our team really well. ... He got everybody
As for Ginobili, the usual starter came in off the bench halfway
through the first quarter as he continues to get back into playing
shape. Ginobili was out for several games with a lower back
"He's starting to feel more confident with his rhythm and body.
I wish he would have played a little longer to get into shape,"
Ginobili had been averaging just over 13 points in almost 28
minutes a game this season. And he didn't seem worried about being
"I don't know when it's going to change, but we're doing
great," he said.
Both Ginobili and Livingston went 8-of-11 from the field.
"They're just a better team than us right now and it showed
tonight," Livingston said. "I think right now we're still finding
The Spurs went 10-of-24 on 3-pointers. The Clippers took only
four shots from behind the arc, making two.
"We got outworked," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.
"Defensively, we gave up too many high-percentage shots to them."
The Spurs took a 33-22 lead into the second. Ginobili came off
the bench with 6:31 left in the first and immediately made a bucket
for San Antonio, then followed with a 3-pointer. He had eight in
The Spurs upped their lead in the second quarter with the help
of seven assists from Parker and all of Barry's first-half points.
Barry was 3-of-3 from both the field and the foul line, for 11
San Antonio was ahead 65-43 at the break.
Parker had 12 assists in the half, including a pass to Elson for
a dunk that was part of a 12-2 San Antonio run.
Ginobili and Duncan had 12 points apiece for the half. The
Clippers were led by Livingston, who shot 5-of-6 from the field,
Ginobili didn't miss in the fourth and scored seven points in a
row before Popovich took him out for the night.
The Spurs' 90-59 lead going into the final 12 minutes allowed
Popovich to give floor time to his reserves, including Beno Udrih,
who had eight points Friday.
The Spurs improved to 15-5 and the Clippers fell to 9-9. But the
Clippers will get another shot at San Antonio on Monday in
California, where Popovich said he expects a more competitive
"If we want to win, we've got to play the right way and do the
right thing," Maggette said. "If we don't, we'll be the same old
The Clippers were tied with the Spurs at 2, but never had a
lead. ... The Spurs' biggest lead was 37. ... The Spurs have won
eight straight home meetings with the Clippers. ... Clippers G Sam
Cassell came into the game off the bench with just under four
minutes left in the first quarter. ... Finley started in place of
Ginobili. ... Tim Thomas of the Clippers bruised his right hand.
X-rays were negative.