Clippers Stars Shine In Game 1 As Defense Fuels Win


The Los Angeles Clippers are hungry, and Game 1 proved they could sit at the same table as the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. After three consecutive years of early-round failures, the Clippers throttled the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, 107-92, to kick off their first-round series.

According to TiqIQ.com, Game 2 at the Staples Center has an average ticket price of $227.32 with a get-in price of $62. Clippers ticket prices have an average price of $264.31 with a get-in price for Game 5, and currently, the average ticket price is $1,204.39 with a get-in price of $75.97 if a Game 7 is necessary.

Game 3 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, has an average price of $224.53 with a get-in price of $52. Game 4 features an average ticket price of $241.89 with a get-in price of $56, and finally, if necessary, Game 6 is currently set with an average price of $453.07 and a get-in price of $45.

The crowd was incredible at the Staples Center in the Clippers’ decisive series-opening victory and the team would definitely appreciate more of that on the road. Hipmunk.com will get Clippers’ fans to the action, withSan Antonio flights and hotels in San Antonio starting at $69 to take in both Games 3 and 4.

Chris Paul hit 13 of his 20 attempts, including 3-for-5 from three-point land, to rack up 32 points to go along with six assists and seven rebounds. Blake Griffin scored 26 including multiple highlight-reel dunks over Spurs center Aron Baynes that provided a bunch of extra energy. Jamal Crawford, meanwhile, provided his usual spark off the bench, scoring 17 points in 23 minutes.

The Clippers were in control from the tip and looked to have an extra bounce that the Spurs did not show up with. The Spurs shot 36.6 percent from the field, including a 4-for-11 performance from a hobbled Tony Parker, and a 2-for-11 night from Danny Green, who shot 1-for-7 from three-point range.

The defense was impressive from a team that sometimes relies too much on Defensive Player of the Year candidate DeAndre Jordan to protect the rim. The Clippers had nine steals, which was the same amount their opponents had, but also blocked five more shots than San Antonio.

Being that they’re facing the champs, the Clippers can’t get too high from one game as the Spurs improving their paltry shooting numbers is pretty much a given moving forward. As a result, stretching the series lead to 2-0 won’t nearly be as easy.

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