Neal's 3 helps Spurs top Clippers in OT

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 18, 2012
Gary Neal hit go-ahead 3-pointers in regulation and overtime, Tony Parker scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 on Saturday to earn their NBA-leading 10th consecutive victory. Neal was one of six Spurs in double figures with 17 points. He stole the ball and hit the tying 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in regulation. His 3 with 25 seconds to go in overtime snapped a 98-all tie. Matt Bonner added 13 points, Tim Duncan had 11 points and 17 rebounds, Danny Green scored 11 for the Spurs, who improved to 6-0 on their annual rodeo trip that includes nine games. DeJuan Blair had 10 points. Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who finished with two points in 19 minutes, twice left the court in the fourth. He was playing in his fourth game after missing 22 games with a broken bone in his left hand. Blake Griffin had 22 points and 20 rebounds, and Chris Paul and Randy Foye scored 21 points for the Clippers. Paul scored Los Angeles' last 10 points in regulation, rallying his team from a four-point deficit over the final 2:31, but the Clippers still lost for the 20th time in their last 21 games against the Spurs. In overtime, Paul hit two free throws to give the Clippers their last lead at 97-95. Bonner hit a 3-pointer that gave the Spurs a one-point lead before Griffin got fouled. He missed the first and made the second to tie it at 98 with 42 seconds left. Neal then hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Parker made two free throws for a 103-98 lead. Griffin dunked with 10 seconds to go to get within three. Neal missed two free throws, but Paul missed a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. Paul made two foul shots to keep Los Angeles ahead 95-92 in regulation. Parker's inbounds pass went through Neal's fingers. Paul then turned the ball over Neal connected from long range, tying it at 95. Paul missed a 14-footer with two-tenths of a second, sending the game to OT. The Spurs pulled away to a 15-point early in the third. Eric Bledsoe replaced Paul for the Clippers, who ran off 17 straight points to regain a 67-65 lead. Foye scored 16 points in the period, including 11 in the spurt, and he set up DeAndre Jordan's dunk with an alley-oop pass. Neal scored the last five points of the quarter to put San Antonio back in front 70-67. The Clippers controlled the game's first 17 minutes, helped by 57 percent shooting in the first quarter, when the Spurs missed their first eight shots. The Clippers were ahead by 10 points when San Antonio closed the half on a 17-6 run. Duncan's layup tied the game before Parker dashed from midcourt to the basket for a layup with 1 second left that gave San Antonio its first lead, 45-43. Notes: Spurs backup F-C Tiago Splitter left with a right calf sprain late in the first quarter and didn't return. ... The Clippers haven't beaten the Spurs since a 90-85 win on Dec. 1, 2010.
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