The Spurs lost their second road game of the year Thursday night to the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard had 27 points, but San Antonio struggled on the road, trailing since a J.J. Redick 3 with 8:08 left in the first quarter.
Chris Paul hurt the Spurs, as per usual, with a balanced 19 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists. The Clippers' bench outscored the Spurs' 57-31, and its hard to recover when such a dominant strength lets you down like that.
Spurs fans did get some hope with 20 seconds left with two hustle steals by Kyle Anderson, both leading to baskets by Pau to cut the lead to single digits, but it wasn't meant to be in the end. Pau finished with 21 points, and was a much needed bright spot tonight.
The Spurs also had to work around foul trouble, ending with 23 fouls for a team that is 5th in the league on the season with 17.9. It doesn't sound like a big difference, but when your biggest spark off the bench ends up with 5 fouls, that can really hurt on the road. Tsk tsk, Jonathan Simmons.
The Good Guys take on the Trail Blazers in Portland tomorrow 12/23 in another late game.