The Clippers win 124-99. Reddick scores 31 points, Griffin scores 22 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan scores 15 points. Harden scores 25 points and 11 rebounds and Howard scores 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockers. Los Angeles leads West Semifinals series 2-1. Paul on teammates:
I got through. Austin was unbelievable. I was probably his biggest cheerleader in the third quarter. I just kept saying, `I don’t want to play anymore if I don’t have to.
Harden on Game 3 loss:
It was a blowout, but it’s still one game.
Austin Rivers on his father, Coach Rivers:
Our relationship has always been coach-player. He’s hard on me, but it’s because he wants the best for me.
The Spurs win 111-107. Duncan scores a double-double ( 21 points, 11 rebounds) Leonard scores 18 points. Griffin scores 30 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan scores 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers. San Antonio leads West First Round Series 3-2.
Jordan on Game 5 loss:
It was a dumb play. I hit the ball. We did a good job fighting to put us in a situation to go up one. You can’t blame anybody on that but me. I tipped the ball.
Ginobili on Spurs victory:
That was the play of the game. That’s why I say we got lucky. The ball was going in, and he happened to touch it. That would have put us down one. Instead, it was a completely different ballgame. We got a little lucky on the play.
I thought it was the right call. I couldn’t tell, you know, and I couldn’t see it. … I hope to God it was the right call.
The Spurs win 100-73. Leonard scores 32 points, Diaw scores 15 points and Green scores 11 points. Griffin scores a double-double (14 points and ten rebounds) and Jordan scores ten points for the Clippers. San Antonio leads West First Round Series 2-1.
Duncan on Leonard:
He continues to impress me every time he’s out there. He can put on a show like that in a situation like this. It’s not only great for us, but it’s impressive to watch.
Coach Rivers on Game 3 Loss:
We’ve had this happen a couple of times this year, we lose our spirit because we can’t make shots. I thought that’s what happened as the game went on. Every time we missed a shot, we played less and less defense.
I’m just doing whatever it takes to help the team win the game. Tony (Parker) did a good job getting off early and just created opportunities for me knocking down shots and I just got a rhythm.
Coach Popovich on Leonard:
He has really progressed by leaps and bounds on both ends of the floor. He’s turned into a fine offensive player, as well as a defensive player. He’s not a one-trick pony kind of guy. He’s something else.
The Spurs win 111-107. Duncan scores a double-double (28 points, 11 rebounds) and Leonard scores 23 points. Griffin scores a triple-double(29 points,12 rebounds and 11 assists) and Jordan scores a double-double (20 points and 15 rebounds) for the Clippers. The West First Round Series are tied 1-1. Coach Popovich on Duncan’s performance:
He was spectacular. He continues to amaze me with the things that he is able to do. He knows he had to stay on the court and he figured out a way to do it. He continued to be aggressive, which is pretty amazing.
I was awful. I missed two or three layups, I made two or three defensive mistakes, got out of position and gave up dunks to DeAndre (Jordan).
Seeing the team play like this today was very important. Hopefully we bring the same sense of urgency, the same fire and juice, for Game 3.
The Clippers win 110-103. Griffin scores 22 points, Jordan scores a double-double (20 points, 21 rebounds) and J.J. Reddick scores 20 points. Chandler scores 32 points and Faried scores a double-double (19points and 17 rebounds) for the Nuggets. Coach Rivers on playoff schedule:
There’s nobody that’s not good in the West. You’re going to have a tough series. The teams that embrace that are going to do well and the ones that don’t are going to be out early.
It was down to our team defense. We locked them up. We had to win this game.
I think people are kind of overlooking them because the West is so good.