SPURS 103, CLIPPERS 100 (OT):
Gary Neal hit the game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation and added a back-breaking 3 in extra time as visiting San Antonio ran its winning streak to 10 games Saturday afternoon.
A pair of Chris Paul free throws represented the lone offense through the opening 2:52 of the extra session. Matt Bonner sent the Spurs in front with a 3-pointer, but Blake Griffin drew a foul with 42 seconds left and connected on one of two foul shots to draw the Clippers even.
On the ensuing San Antonio possession, Neal gathered a Tim Duncan pass and buried a 3-pointer to give the Spurs the lead for good. Paul whiffed on a layup at the other end, San Antonio recovered the rebound and Tony Parker hit two free throws to put the 2012 NBA Picks
Parker finished with 30 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who improved to 6-0 on their annual rodeo road trip. Duncan added 11 points and 17 rebounds. 2012 NBA Predictions
Griffin led the way with 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the Clippers. Paul and Randy Foye poured in 21 points apiece.
Trailing by one with 32 seconds left, Parker was fouled and made both shots to put the Spurs back ahead. Paul returned the favor on the Clippers' next possession to restore the L.A. lead, and Duncan missed a layup at the other end that would have given San Antonio the edge.
The Clippers regained possession and Paul knocked down a pair of free throws for a three-point lead. The teams exchanged turnovers in the final 10 seconds, giving the Spurs a chance for the tie - and Neal made good, knocking down a 25-footer with five seconds remaining.
2012 NBA Odds GAME NOTEBOOK
: San Antonio finished with seven blocked shots while the Clippers didn't register any. Los Angeles came into the game ranked eighth in the NBA in blocks per game (5.4). ... The Spurs won despite shooting just 11 for 21 from the free-throw line. The Clippers went 20 for 23. ... All five of Neal's field goals came from beyond the arc. 2012 NBA Odds
Spurs were 3 point underdogs in the game.