National Basketball Association
San Antonio 116, L.A. Clippers 92
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, December 20, 2021
Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
#67 Brandon Adair, #52 Scott Twardoski, #58 Josh Tiven
Dejounte Murray compiled 24 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists as the visiting San Antonio Spurs earned a 116-92 victory Monday over the Los Angeles Clippers to spoil Paul George's return from an elbow injury.
San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Doug McDermott had 16 points and Derrick White added 15 as all five of the Spurs' starters scored in double figures by the end of the third quarter. Keldon Johnson finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
San Antonio had a 67-43 rebounding advantage to improve to 2-1 on a four-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Murray had his second triple-double of the road trip, his third in five games and his sixth on the season.
George scored 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting while going 3 of 9 from 3-point range after missing the previous five contests with an elbow sprain. The Clippers went 3-2 with him on the sideline.
Ivica Zubac scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Los Angeles. Terance Mann added 11 points as the Clippers dropped their third consecutive game after losing at Utah and Oklahoma City last week.
After the Spurs gave up an average of 126 points per game over their last three contests, there were signs early of a better defense. The Clippers' 27 points in the first quarter was the first time in the last three games the Spurs didn't give up at least 37 in the opening 12 minutes.
San Antonio led 35-27 after one quarter, even as the Clippers shot 55 percent from the field, then held Los Angeles to 27.6 percent shooting in the second quarter to take a 62-48 halftime lead. Murray had 17 points in the first half.
The Spurs pushed their advantage past 20 points in the third quarter at 79-58 on a 3-pointer by Johnson with 5:02 remaining. The lead reached 30 points at 101-71 on a 3-pointer by Murray with 9:52 remaining in the game.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Dejounte Murray 24
Paul George 25
Dejounte Murray 13
Paul George 6
Keldon Johnson 12
Ivica Zubac 12
Derrick White 3
||Free Throws Made
Paul George 6
Dejounte Murray 5
Paul George 3
Jakob Poeltl 2
Ivica Zubac 3
Team Stats Summary
L.A. Clippers will play their next game on the road against Sacramento. The Clippers have a W/L % of .562 after a win and .467 after a loss.
San Antonio will play their next game on the road against L.A. Lakers. The Spurs have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .444 after a loss.