There was only one way Chris Paul and the Clippers were able to reconcile a tough, last-second 104-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at AT&T Center.


“We've got to let it go,” Paul said.

But that was going to be especially difficult for Paul because he was involved in all the crucial plays down the stretch.

Some he made, some he didn't.

Conversely, Tim Duncan, who had a season-high 34 points plus 11 rebounds, seemed to make all the plays when the game hung in the balance.

Duncan made all 10 of his free throws and 12 of 19 field-goal attempts — the biggest of which, a 16-foot jumper while being fouled by Willie Green with 2.2 seconds to play, produced the game-winning three-point play.

Moments later, Paul (14 points, 12 assists) missed a potential tying shot inside over Tony Parker just before time expired.

Paul had also lost the ball with an opportunity to give the Clippers a three-point lead in the final 15 seconds.

So the defeat left the Clippers (49-24) at 1-2 on this four-game trip and dropped them to fourth place in the Western Conference, half a game behind Denver (50-24) and half a game ahead of fifth-seeded Memphis (48-24).