An exciting matchup between two of the western conferences best teams, the Los Angeles Clippers were able to hold off the San Antonio Spurs 106-101. Strong reserve play propelled the Clippers to a win as they were without starting forward Blake Griffin (out due to an injury) and lost starting guard Chris Paul as he left the game in the third quarter due to an injury. Luckily for the Clippers, they were able to get strong play from their back ups, specifically from forward Marreese Speights and guard Raymond Felton (13 pts 4 reb 3 ast). Meanwhile for the Spurs, all star forward Kawhi Leonard had a great performance (27 pts on 8/19 9 reb 5 ast 1 stl 2 blks) as did starting center Pau Gasol (21 pts on 6/12 9 reb 2 ast and 2 blks). For how great the Spurs are however, they will need better performances from other players such as starting guard Tony Parker (2 pts on 1/8 in 27 minutes) and starting forward Lamarcus Aldridge (10 pts on 5/13 in 22 minutes). Back up guard Jonathon Simmons, in 22 minutes of play, went 2/10 for 6 points and fellow reserve guard Patty Mills, in 17 minutes played, went 1/5 for 3 points. Numbers like these won’t cut it against any contenders in the West or the East and Gregg Popovich knows that. All in all, a great performance by the Clippers considering their injuries and a strong but flawed performance by the Spurs who had their 5 game winning streak stopped in this game. Moving forward, both teams look to build off this performance as the Spurs take on Damian Lillard and Co as they play the Portland Trailblazers while the Clippers take on the Dallas Mavericks. Both teams will play tonight.