The San Antonio Spurs have been dethroned as NBA Champions, falling to the Los Angeles Clippers in a dramatic ending at Staples Center on Saturday night in Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, 111-109.
Despite a left hamstring strain, Chris Paul scored 27 points and hit a three-point shot at the buzzer of the third quarter, and the winning basket with 1 second remaining. The Spurs attempted an inbound alley-oop to Kawhi Leonard but Matt Barnes slapped away the pass to end the game.
Tim Duncan, who hit two free throws to tie the game with 8.8 seconds left, finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs shot 48.3 percent while the Clippers shot 52.6 percent.
Blake Griffin had a triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
"They are a great team, in every sense of the word," Griffin said. "I don't think you can look at a team over the past 20 years or so that has been better. Duncan is a great player and one of the best players of all-time. They have been in this situation. They went into a Game 7 with Dallas last year in the first round and they ended up winning the whole thing. They have been in this situation and they know not to panic."
The Clippers will play the Houston Rockets, who eliminated the Dallas Mavericks.