Duncan leads the Spurs to win over Western Conference rivals.
The San Antonio Spurs held on for a closely-fought 104-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, with Tim Duncan producing a vintage performance.
The veteran scored 34 points and had 11 rebounds, but could only watch on as Chris Paul missed a jump shot with a second left to ensure the Spurs came away with the win.
It’s the second consecutive game where the Spurs have come out on top having prevented the opposition from scoring a last second shot, with the Denver Nuggets failing on Wednesday.
However, Paul led the calls that Duncan’s game-winning shot with 2.2 seconds left saw the 37 year-old travel before going on to complete a three-point play at the free-throw line.
Coach Gregg Popovich though will be delighted to secure the win, while the Clippers remain just a game away from the magic 50-win mark.
The Spurs move futher ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the top of the Western Conference after the latter’s slip-up, but did lose Manu Ginobili to a tight right hamstring with no announcement having yet been made on its severity.
Next up for the Spurs are the Eastern-leading Miami Heat, in what could be a rehearsal for the NBA Finals, while the Clippers head to Houston to take on the Rockets.