THE San Antonio Spurs took control only in the fourth quarter, edging the Clippers, 105-97, on Friday in Los Angeles (Saturday, Manila time).
Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting as the Spurs stretched their win streak to three.
An 8-2 run to start the fourth gave the Spurs control, 85-75, and they went on to record their 44th win in 57 games.
Tony Parker came up with 17 points on 5 of 12 shooting, while Pau Gasol came off the bench to match the output, making 5 of 7 field goal attempts.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 and pulled down 11 rebounds for San Antonio.
The Clippers absorbed their second straight loss and 23rd in 58 outings.
Blake Griffin had 29 points on 9 of 17 shooting, while Austin Rivers came off the bench to deliver 23 points, making 8 of 14 field goal attempts.