For eight days, the Spurs puttered around their practice gym, fighting off rust and wishing the Western Conference semifinals would start already.

Two days after finishing off a grueling Game 7 in Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers arrived in San Antonio wishing they had a couple extra days to catch their breath.

In Game 1 on Tuesday night at the AT&T Center, fresh legs won out over exhausted ones, and the well-rested Spurs struck first blood with a 108-92 victory.

"You're always scared coming in here with so many days off," said Tim Duncan, who notched his 133rd career playoff double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. "It makes you scared you're going to come out here and stumble out of the gates."

By the time the second half rolled around, the Spurs were back in a playoff groove. And the Clippers were out of gas.