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Clippers rally from 19-point deficit to defeat San Antonio Spurs, 113-110, stay alive in the playoff race

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LOS ANGELES — For most of Tuesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, it looked like the LA Clippers’ playoff hopes were just about non-existent. Tobias Harris scored 31 points and Lou Williams added 22 as the Clippers rallied from down 19 points to win 113-110 over the San Antonio Spurs. 

“It’s hard to explain any of our [wins], but again, we start out 17-3 down,” head coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “I just thought we hung in there, I thought it was similar to [the game in Toronto] where we cut it back to seven before halftime and that allows us to be within reach. [The Spurs are] such a tough team because of their movement and every time we cut it to one, they get it back to ten, cut it to one, they get it back to ten, but it was a well played game on both ends and we made some big shots. In the fourth quarter, our shooting was unreal, 41 points in the fourth quarter and our best scorer, Lou [Williams], made a game winning pass and there are so many lessons there. So many guys will shoot it anyways because they think they have to and Lou saw the open guy, hit Austin, makes the shot, that’s complete trust, and that’s how you win in basketball.”

Harris connected on 11 of his 19 field goals in the fourth quarter, and Williams had 15 of his 22 in the final 12 minutes as well. It was the 37th time Williams has scored 20-plus points off the bench this season, the most among active players.

DeAndre Jordan finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds, while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 16 points.

“[The fans] are very important. When it comes down to it, this is our home crowd [and] this is where you come out to play,” Harrell said about the home crowd. “This is where you try and come out and put on a show for your fans because we have a saying, ‘it takes everything’, and it really does. When guys come in, we get out there and when we hear the fans interacting and are energized, that fuels us. It gets us hyped a lot more and there’s no telling what’s going to happen on that next possession coming out.”

Harrell has now scored in double-figures in 29 of his last 38 games.

Tuesday marked the second-largest comeback win for the Clippers franchise, just behind the 21-point comeback at New Orleans earlier this year in January.

The Clippers play the Utah Jazz next on Thursday.

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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