But the Spurs couldn't stop the Clippers, who shot 51.3% from the field, 55.6% (10 for 18) from three-point line, while getting 23 fast-break points. Blake Griffin also threw down several emphatic dunks.
"Defensively, we thought we were not very good," forward Tim Duncan said. "A lot of mistakes, a lot of transition points. A lot of turnovers that turned into points for them. So there are things that we can clean up."
On offense, the Spurs shot just 36.6% from the field, 30.3% from three-point range. But players said they had open looks, the shots just didn't fall.
Having a more healthy and in-sync Splitter on defense in Game 2 Wednesday night at Staples Center is what the Spurs are counting on.
Splitter played nine minutes, 57 seconds in the first game — his time split between the first and third quarters — and the center had four points and three rebounds.