The Los Angeles Clippers played with a chip on their shoulder, coming out amped up at the prospect of exacting a little revenge on the San Antonio Spurs.
Led by high-flying dunkmeisters DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, the Clippers rolled to a 106-84 victory on Wednesday night, handing the Spurs their first loss of the season.
''We still remember what they did to us a couple months ago,'' Jordan said about the team that swept the Clippers out of the second round of the playoffs. ''That was extra motivation.''
Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players who scored in double figures while helping the Clippers snap a two-game skid. Los Angeles controlled the boards, 46-29.
''They kicked our (rear end),'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''They were more emotional, more aggressive, and it meant something to them for all the obvious reasons. We hung in there for a half, but after that I don't think we played with the same intens...