SAN ANTONIO It would be easy to write off the Clippers' first win here in more than a decade long before Blake Griffin was old enough to dunk to a series of extraordinary circumstances.
Spurs dynamo Tony Parker did not play, nursing a strained quadriceps and sparing the Clippers a headache. Mo Williams did not miss, or so it seemed when he was sinking seven of nine 3-pointers. And Reggie Evans, a humble and earnest worker, grabbed nine more rebounds than future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.
But to dismiss the Clippers' 120-108 victory as an acorn placed under the nostrils of a blind squirrel would be, well, let's just say they weren't in any mood to be placing an asterisk by it. They were too buoyant to call it a fluke.
"This was a long trip, we gave a couple games away and we're headed home, so we need that energy," said Caron Butler, who was heading home with his teammates after splitting the six games on their 10-day cross-country sojourn. "This is a great win."
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