Sparkling Spurs sweep Clippers to advance to finals
LOS ANGELES, May 21 — The red-hot San Antonio Spurs steamrolled their way into the Western Conference finals by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 102-99 yesterday to complete another series sweep.
Tony Parker was the difference for the Spurs, landing two key baskets in the final two-and-a-half minutes to overturn a one-point deficit and seal an 18th consecutive win for the visitors.
Tim Duncan scored 21 points and had nine rebounds while Parker finished with 17 for the top seeds, who will next face the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Los Angeles Lakers.
Chris Paul recorded 23 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, but he committed a key turnover and missed a potential game-tying shot on two of his team’s final possessions.
Mo Williams failed to get a shot off with the final desperate effort, with the Staples Centre crowd mute as the Clippers’ season came to a premature end. — Reuters