The San Antonio Spurs had rallied within a basket of the Los Angeles Clippers with less than 30 seconds remaining, and the crowd was buzzing.
Some would call it a tense situation. Chris Paul calls it "winning time."
Paul had 19 points and eight assists and the Clippers beat host San Antonio 92-87 on Monday night for their second win against the Spurs this season.
Paul's 10-foot jumper in the lane with 24.6 seconds left gave the Clippers a 91-87 lead.
"Yeah, I wanted to shoot; I didn't know how, I just needed a little space," Paul said. "I love those situations -- when it's winning time. We're up two with 24 seconds left, I want it."
Spurs guard Gary Neal missed a 3-point attempt on the subsequent possession, which Eric Bledsoe gathered for his fifth rebound. Bledsoe, who had nine points, made one of two free throws for the final margin.
Matt Barnes added 14 points, DeAndre Jordan 13 and Blake Griffin had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers (8-2).
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs (8-3), who suffered their second home loss this season. Manu Ginobili added 15 points and Tony Parker 11.
Nuggets 97, Grizzlies 92: Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, and
Jazz 102, Rockets 91: Reserve Gordon Hayward scored 15 points, Al Jefferson had 14 points and 16 rebounds and host Utah beat road-weary Houston. Patrick Patterson scored a season-high 19 points and Jeremy Lin added 13 for Houston, which lost its third straight.
Hawks 82, Magic 72: Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead host Atlanta past Orlando. Zaza Pachulia pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role for Atlanta, which has won two straight and three of four.
Cavaliers: Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least one month with a broken finger. The NBA's reigning rookie of the year fractured his left index finger on Saturday against Dallas.
Timberwolves: Guard Brandon Roy will miss at least the next month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, an ominous sign for a player trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues.
Bobcats: The team announced that forward Tyrus Thomas is expected to miss approximately two months with a torn muscle in his lower left leg.