The San Antonio Spurs had rallied within a basket of the Los Angeles Clippers with less than 30 seconds remaining and the home 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 San Antonio, 92-87, 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 2 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 9 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.
San Antonio needed the late rally after losing a lead and Stephen Jackson after the first quarter. Jackson, who suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right pinkie late in the first quarter, is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Jackson finished with 2 points and two rebounds, but the team missed his toughness most.
‘‘Of all our games, this game was in the soft category,’’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘‘We never had five guys that competed hard enough to win the basketball game. For a portion of that game, we were an embarrassment.’’
Pacers 96, Wizards 89 — Hapless Washington dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 as David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter to spark visiting Indiana. Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump and added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers.
Still without point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and starting center Nene — and no one seems to be sure when either injured player will make his season debut — the Wizards are the only team in the NBA without a victory. They started 0-8 a year ago, the club’s previous worst opening to a season.
Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 — Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and David Lee’s layup with 32.8 seconds left helped visiting Golden State hand Dallas its fifth loss in seven games.
Bobcats 102, Bucks 98 — Ramon Sessions scored 9 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left, to lift host Charlotte. The Bobcats trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter but battled back, going 16 of 16 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Nuggets 97, Grizzlies 92 — Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, as visiting Denver ended Memphis’s win streak at eight games.
Hawks 81, Magic 72 — Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead host Atlanta to its third win in four games.
Jazz 102, Rockets 91 — Reserve Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and Al Jefferson had 14 points and 16 rebounds as Utah won at home.