Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Sunday, December 13th
Game 2: Monday, December 21st
Game 3: Saturday, February 6th
Game 4: Saturday, March 13th

Clippers 87

(12-15, 5-7 away)

Spurs 103

(15-10, 12-4 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:30 PM ET, December 21, 2009

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 19 27 18 2387
    SA 33 24 28 18103

    Top Performers

    LAC: C. Kaman 23 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Stl

    SA: T. Parker 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mason Jr. leads way as Spurs ride bench to easy win

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- When three reserves outscore Tim Duncan and no one in the locker room seems to mind, it's a good night for the San Antonio Spurs.

    Tony Parker had 19 points and Roger Mason Jr. helped give San Antonio a decided bench advantage Monday night in a 103-87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Mason, Antonio McDyess and Theo Ratliff each scored in double figures as the Spurs beat Los Angeles for the 14th straight time and second in eight days.

    "That's one of our strengths," Mason said. "We have a deep team, and anytime the starters give us a good edge, we want to come out there and extend the lead when we can."

    Parker, who was 7 of 11 from the field, had eight points in a decisive third-quarter run as the Spurs extended an 11-point halftime lead to 21 entering the fourth.

    Mason finished with 12 points, including 10 in a 9:40 stretch of the second quarter, as San Antonio's reserves outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 41-27.

    "Oh, man, that was tough," Clippers guard Baron Davis said. "We were doing a good job by staying in the game, staying close. You know, that bench came in and really made an impact."

    For the first time since Nov. 19, that bench group included McDyess, replaced in the Spurs' starting lineup by rookie DeJuan Blair. McDyess totaled 10 points and six rebounds.

    "It really doesn't matter where they put me, but tonight I was just able to get shots and get my rhythm real early," McDyess said.

    Even Ratliff, a 15-year veteran who has played in 12 of the Spurs' 25 games, got into the act, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

    Duncan, who played just 16 minutes, finished with eight points and six rebounds.

    "I had a little bit [of a post move] back in the day," Ratliff said. "I have just been watching Tim doing his little running hooks and getting his mid-range game together. You're never too old to learn.

    "I've been a starter, I've been an All-Star and all of those things. I've learned from the older guys that have been around me," he added. "They have always stayed ready, no matter."

    The Spurs, who put seven players in double figures, have won 14 straight meetings against the Clippers in San Antonio.

    Chris Kaman had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Clippers.

    "It's the story of our season, as far as towards the end of the game, not being able to finish," Kaman said. "We've had some games where we played well. Tonight wasn't one of them. The Spurs are a good team. They have veterans that know how to play the game."

    The Spurs took command with a 15-2 run to end the first. Keith Bogans started it with a pair of 3-pointers, and McDyess capped it with a 17-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer.

    Kaman and Eric Gordon kept the Clippers competitive in the second period. Gordon's back-to-back 3-pointers closed the Spurs' lead to 39-35, and Kaman had eight points and seven rebounds in the quarter, giving him 15 and nine for the half.

    But San Antonio regained most of the 14-point lead it carried into the period. Mason scored 10 points and Parker capped an 11-point half with a 17-foot jumper with 28.5 seconds remaining that gave the Spurs a 57-46 edge at the break.

    Los Angeles started strong in the third period as well but drew no closer than 59-52 before the Spurs broke the game open. San Antonio closed the quarter on a 17-4 run, then scored the first four points in the fourth.

    Rasual Butler had 18 points off the bench for the Clippers. Davis totaled 11 points and six assists.

    Game notes

    Kaman had a double-double a minute into the third quarter. ... Blair had eight points and six boards for the Spurs.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 103
    FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 39-77 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 5-10 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 10-15 (.667) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 9-37
    Assists 19 24
    Turnovers 11 7
    Steals 2 6
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 11 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/1) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 25

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    San Antonio
    Chris Kaman Kaman
    Points: 23
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0