Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/18/12

SAN ANTONIO -- The red-hot San Antonio Spurs continued their winning ways, crushing the Los Angeles Clippers 105-88 Thursday at the AT&T Center for their 16th consecutive victory.

The Spurs lead 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Five of San Antonio's six postseason victories have come by double digits. Tony Parker led all scorers with 22 points, and Tim Duncan continued his strong postseason with 20.

The Clippers made several modest runs but were never able to seriously challenge San Antonio, as All-Star point guard Chris Paul struggled through another subpar outing.

He had more fouls (three) than points (two) at halftime, and he finished with 10 points and eight turnovers.

Paul, slowed by a strained right hip flexor, appeared to lose his composure on the third foul, deliberately lowering his shoulder into Parker's chest.

Teammate Blake Griffin didn't help matters, pulling down just one rebound in 37 minutes. He scored a team-high 20 points.

The Spurs took control early, staggering the Clippers with a 14-0 run in the first quarter. Manu Ginobili hit a pair of free throws late in the period to give San Antonio its largest lead, 27-12. Duncan had 10 points at that stage as the Spurs amassed a 14-0 edge in paint points.

The Clippers began to chip away late in the quarter, scoring seven of the final nine points.

Their surge continued with eight of the first 10 points in the second quarter, with Nick Young's three free throws capping what was a 17-4 run in its entirety. Los Angeles engineered most of that stretch with Paul sitting on the bench.

The Spurs led 33-29 at that point, and the Clippers would climb within two on multiple occasions as halftime approached. They nearly did it a third time in the final seconds, but they were forced to settle for 46-42 deficit at the break after DeAndre Jordan missed a pair of foul shots.

Griffin, hobbled by a sprained knee, sparked the Clippers' push with eight points in the second quarter. However, his influence would wane as the game wore on.

Paul's woes continued in the third when Kawhi Leonard intercepted his behind-the-back pass and streaked down court for a dunk. The Spurs would take their largest lead, 65-49, later in the quarter on Parker's mid-range jumper.

Paul finally came alive with eight points in the latter half of the third, including a pair of 3s, as the Clippers fought back within seven. But they could never make a decisive push, as the Spurs relied on their vaunted depth to keep Los Angeles at bay during the fourth.

NOTES: The Spurs have won 27 of their last 29 games and 44 of their last 51. ... Duncan and Gregg Popovich have participated in 182 playoff games together, the most of any player/coach tandem in NBA history. Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers held the previous record with 180. ... Young had been scheduled to have a wisdom tooth removed between Games 1 and 2, but the procedure was delayed until the series shifts to Los Angeles.

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