Chris Paul scores 19 points, Clippers beat Spurs 98-87

The Clippers are at home for both games, facing the Houston Rockets on Monday and the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

And in the eyes of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, Paul is one of the best leaders in the National Basketball Association.

The Los Angeles Clippers are seeking their fifth straight win. Los Angeles would take an 82-70 lead into the fourth quarter in a physical matchup between postseason-bound teams.

On the Spurs front, head coach Gregg Popovich said he won't be resting his starters for the final two games of the regular season because they've already had the luxury of resting, according to Wright.

Popovich hopes the Spurs gain some of that by keeping them active and in a rhythm over the final two games against two teams still fighting for playoff seeding. The Spurs led 23-22 after 12 minutes, and seemed like they would create some distance to start the second as Doc Rivers inevitably turned to a full bench lineup. Aldridge scored eight consecutive points in the opening quarter, including a pair of turnaround jumpers on Griffin and powering past Marresse Speights for a layup.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots against San Antonio Spurs center David Lee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in San Antonio.

After going 3-1 against the Jazz this season, the Clippers also own the tiebreaker in the event the teams finish with the same record. Jordan's blocks have dipped from 2.3 to 1.7 per game, and the Clippers allow five more points per 100 possessions with him on the court than they did one year ago. The Clippers have limited Leonard to 13.7 points in 55 career games, his lowest average against any team in the league.

Chris Paul lit up San Antonio for 19 points, and "sliced and diced us", Popovich said. Kawhi was magnificent offensively (28-5-5), but LaMarcus seemingly disappeared after a strong first quarter, and Pau Gasol was their only other man in double figures. The Spurs closed out their home schedule with just their 10th loss at the AT&T Center.

Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo missed his second straight game after spraining his wrist during Tuesday's loss to the New York Knicks.

The Jazz, who lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday to fall into a tie with the Clippers, visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday before closing their regular-season campaign Wednesday at home against the Spurs.

Rivers tied Mike Dunleavy for the Clippers franchise record with his 215th regular-season victory.

"He means a lot, everything to this franchise", Paul said.

"He's just a true point guard", Rivers said.

Rivers said the Spurs upcoming playoff series against Memphis should be another grinding, defensive showdown between the teams even though the Grizzlies have opened up their offense by shooting more 3s. "They're different, but you better remember who they are". "These are the types of games we want to play".

  • Julie Sanders