Most important game of his life and Paul stepped up, proving his worth of being the league's premier floor general as the Clippers went into San Antonio and won for the second straight time, this time with elimination staring them straight in the eye. Still, contreversy was the talk of the game, once again, down the stretch. This time, however, it went in the favor of the Los Angeles men for the first time.
Jamal Crawford got away with a travel in the waning moments, just before Boris Diaw was called for offensive basket interference, on a play which looked like goaltending by Blake Griffin at first glance. Had the call not been overturned, the Spurs would have been down a point with around a second left, and a time-out remaining after they fouled the Clippers. However, it wasn't to be.
Paul struggled from the field, going an atrocious 0-7 in the first quarter, before hitting four shots in the third to improve his percentages, though, he still finished an abysmal 7-21. Yet, Paul was the player of the game, dishing out 15 assists, with four steals and only one turnover. Not only that, but he played suffocating defense on who he was on, from Tony Parker to Kawhi Leonard.
Toss in 26 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks,including a key one on Tim Duncan with 5:50 remaining in the contest. Like Paul, he also struggled from the field, going 11-21, though, he hit all of his freebies without hesitation. A complete 180 degree turn from the previous game, where a missed free throw could have won the series tonight. “I thought Chris and Blake took the game over. We didn’t stop them, and they were tremendous,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Hack-A-Jordan also backfired as it San Antonio implemented it with the lead in the second quarter, ending with the momentum going into the Clippers side, and a tie score at the break. Jordan made 7-15 from the line, which is a huge improvement considering he shoots around 40% for his life.
Game seven will be held Sunday evening, and thanks to the Bulls demolishing the Bucks earlier on the day, fans will be able to watch the Clipper-Spur finale prior to watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight later on.