A win is good no matter how you get it, especially the Los Angeles Clippers situation.
The Clippers were able to beat the San Antonio Spurs in a tight 113-110 game after overcoming a 19-point deficit in the first half.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Clippers trailed 83-72 and their playoff hopes were fading away, but Lou Williams had other plans. Williams carried the Clippers down the stretch, scoring 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. It was part of an outstanding offensive fourth quarter as the Clippers scored 41 points in the period. He leads the league with 595 fourth-quarter points. Against San Antonio, Williams was apart of 48 bench points by the Clippers in the game.
Tobias Harris led the Clippers in scoring with 31 points and was one rebound short of a double-double. Austin Rivers added 18 points, including two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. DeAndre Jordan had his fourth double-double in five games with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
What this means for the Clippers
The win keeps the Clippers in playoff contention and ends their two-game losing streak. With only four games left and 1.5 games from the eighth seed, they cannot afford slow starts like they had against the Spurs.
In the first quarter, the Spurs ended the period leading 31-17. They extended their lead to 19 when they lead 49-30 with 5:18 left in the first half. It was the highest deficit the Clippers faced all game. They continued to fight and outscored the Spurs 83-61 for the rest of the game.
The Clippers did take a 64-63 lead with 5:29 left in the third quarter, but were outscored 20-8 for the rest of the quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine of his 35 points with just over four minutes left in the quarter.
Patty Mills added 17 points for the Spurs and Rudy Gay scored 13 points off the bench. The Spurs, who won the season series against the Clippers 2-1, currently sit fifth in the Western Conference. They will face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight on the second game of a back-to-back.
For the Clippers, they will look to build on this win as they travel to Utah to face the Jazz on Thursday. That was a huge win for the Clippers against a playoff team. Utah presents another challenge for Los Angeles to overcome.
The Clippers need to win their next four games if they do not want their season to be over.