The Clippers took their franchise-record 26-15 road record and showed San Antonio that this would be the clash-of-titans series that we fans needed. The important factor for Los Angeles today was getting contributions from up and down the board. Doc Rivers stuck to an eight-man roster and all eight guys showed up.
Blake Griffin dominated with a near 20-20, Chris Paul controlled the game in the second half and finished with a cool 34 points. J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford finally showed up, combining for 32 points. Even Matt Barnes played pretty well despite going 2-8 from the field and playing only 23 minutes due to (dubious) foul trouble. Glen Davis looked pretty good too.
But the real hero was Austin Rivers, who absolutely ate up the Spurs. Doogie had the best playoff game of his fledgling career and came out on a national stage. He even guarded Kawhi Leonard effectively for stretches. Leonard was unstoppable again today and so was Tim Duncan, but a last-gasp rally wasn't enough as the Clippers slowly began to pull away in the second half. Credit the blue jerseys.
The series is 2-2, and we're going back to Los Angeles for a Tuesday night showdown in the new biggest game of the season. Get hyped.