With no Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lost the ball a few times to MCW's long 6'6 height-savvy thievish arms, queuing the fast break for the Spurs at home. It was still close late, and the Spurs almost lost the game, but the defending champions rallied in a gutsy effort and made free throws late.
Then the Clippers came to town from Los Angeles, and the Spurs could never quite put them away, rather down after a game that was full of runs for both teams. Especially San Antonio, which despite red-hot play by Blake Griffin, who nailed a tough fadeaway in the final seconds just over Kevin Garnett, and 15 assists by Chris Paul, whose Kawhi Leonard would not be denied. As Griffin sized him up on defense, Kawhi shot a 3PT dagger in his eye and then made another one after getting open on an inbound play.
The Spurs are gearing up for another showdown with the #1 seed Warriors next, and these two strong victories have them firing on all cylinders, with a rested Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili ready to win.