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Final Score: Spurs lose Game 7 to Clippers, 109-111

What a game. What a shame the Spurs couldn't pull it out.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was something else. I wouldn't be surprised if that is the best series, the best game and the most competitive basketball that's played for the entire 2015-16 NBA playoffs. In a seven-game series with so many games that came down to the wire, the Spurs and Clippers showed why everyone said this shouldn't have been a first round matchup.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin made shot after shot and play after play. Danny Green played out of his mind on defense and hit all kinds of shots on offense. Manu Ginobili played well in what could be his last game. Tim Duncan was incredible once again. Tony Parker was aggressive and canned some circus shots to keep the Spurs in it.

But in the end, this was the difference:

The Spurs had few answers for Paul all series long, and with the game tied he was the difference. He made that crazy shot look easy, and the Spurs -- with only a second to answer -- couldn't tie the game again.

And the worst part is that the Spurs' Big Three era could have just ended on the floor of the Staples Center. But if they had to go out, at least they did so in an incredible game that was back and forth for 48 minutes. More ties and lead-changes than I could keep up with.

And so the defending champions' season ends.