SAN ANTONIO -- On his 30th birthday, Tony Parker first kept the San Antonio Spurs on pace for what might be another lopsided playoff sweep. Then the All-Star whos always quick to needle Tim Duncan about his age finally acknowledged his own. "Im old. Used," said Parker, laughing. Chris Paul, meanwhile, isnt acknowledging anything: Not his aching body that everyone but him is talking about, or the Los Angeles Clippers season careening toward the end this weekend unless things change fast. Parker scored 22 points, Duncan had 18 and the Spurs beat the fading Clippers 105-88 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals and winning their 16th in a row with yet another playoff blowout. For the 13th time in a winning streak that seldom run this long in the NBA playoffs, the Spurs won by double digits. Only two other teams have sustained a longer winning streak in the playoffs: the 2004 Spurs (17) and the 2001 Lakers (19). "I think for us, is to not look at that," Parker said about the streak. "Concentrate on the task. We know Game 3 is going to be very, very hard. I think we should focus on that and not focus on the winning streak, or what were doing good." Paul responded to his awful Game 1 with only a slightly better encore, scoring 10 points as the Clippers now head home desperate to steer out of whats starting to get the feel of a sweep. Game 3 is Saturday in Los Angeles, and Game 4 is Sunday. When the Clippers land in California early Friday, theyll be home for the first time in nearly a week. Theyve played seven games in 13 days, and theyll have played nine in 16 by the time the weekend is over. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro knows his team needs rest. Blake Griffin scored 20 points but added another injury to the list, this time what he described as a hip flexor strain. Hes already battling a sprained left knee and shaking off a turned ankle in Game 1. He had just one rebound. "Were not going into these next two games thinking Oh, lets try to keep it close," Griffin said. "Theres no moral victories or moral losses here. Were not worried about how many points we lost by." The All-Star matchup of Paul vs. Parker went from a Game 1 bust to a lopsided mismatch, and appeared to prove Paul is hurting more than hes letting on. Del Negro says his star is still struggling with an aching hip and groin, even as Paul insists hes OK. He again looked anything but. While Parker -- the last of the Big Three to finally hit the big 3-0 -- celebrated by more than tripling his seven points and dreadful 1-for-9 shooting in Game 1, Paul shot 4 of 9 and had just five assists. At halftime, the third-place finisher in the leagues MVP voting had more personal fouls (3) than points (2), assists (2) or rebounds (2). He finished with eight turnovers, a career playoff high. "No excuses, Ive just got to play better," Paul said. "But I dont ever recall having that many turnovers. Del Negro said his star will bounce back. "Hell get loose here soon," Del Negro said. "We need him to." Duncan, on the other hand, stayed in a playoff time warp. At 36 years old and playing in his 182nd post-season game -- and with no contract beyond these playoffs -- Duncan turned in another solid performance that sometimes recalled the former MVP who was winning championships in his prime rather than the old-timer whos chasing a fifth ring now. He scored 14 points in the first half -- almost as much as the rest of the starting lineup -- and finished 9-of-14 shooting. Points in the paint werent even close: The Spurs had 50, and the Clippers 18. Boris Diaw added 16 points and Danny Green had 13 for the Spurs. Manu Ginobili scored 10 and was held scoreless in the second half. Randy Foye was the Clippers only other player in double digits, scoring 11. If this keeps up, a near-historic post-season for the Clippers will end this weekend unless they figure out a plan fast. This is only the third time in the woeful 41-year history of the franchise that Los Angeles long-maligned "other" team has survived to the second round. Their momentum started with a stunning 27-point comeback on the road against Memphis in their playoff opener, but the Clippers havent made a rally stick in San Antonio. A bumbling start had the Clippers already down by 15 in the first quarter before clawing back with a 9-2 burst. Getting to within 46-42 at halftime had the Clippers bench heading to the locker room clapping and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich storming off fuming. Halfway through the third quarter, however, the lead was back to 16. "There was a refocus of energy at halftime," Duncan said. "We came out understanding of what we had to do to finish this game." As the deficit deepened, so did the Clippers frustration. DeAndre Jordan seethed and slammed the ball when a missed rotation gave Green an uncontested 3-pointer that stretched San Antonios lead to back to double digits in the third. Less than a minute later, Foye trotted upcourt shaking his head after Pauls fumbled dribble gave Kawhi Leonard a clear path for a breakaway dunk. Following another 3-pointer by Green-- this one pushing San Antonios lead to 70-60 -- the turned-around Clippers looked so disjointed that Green darted back down and knocked the ball out of Pauls hands on the ensuing inbound. Notes: The Spurs followed up tying a franchise playoff record with 13 3-pointers in Game 1 with 10 this time... Talk about a pro cut: A 12-year-old Spurs fan suspended from his San Antonio middle school for shaving the face of forward Matt Bonner in his hair scored free tickets to the game and a meeting with his favourite player before tipoff. 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But Henry defended the Fenway Sports Groups cautious approach to the summer transfer window, despite a 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday leaving Liverpool with just one point after three matches of the Premier League season.BOSTON - Fewer than 12 seconds remained on the clock, the visitors clinging to the lead and their season amid a throng of furious black and gold, a future Hall of Famer bearing down on the 25-year-old from Morweena, Manitoba. Employing the very last fibers of his goal stick, James Reimer turned the puck aside, high and into the netting, Jaromir Jagr looking skyward in disbelief. "Hes got me a few times in practice with the old end of the stick there," Cody Franson grinned moments afterward. "He says its a skill save. Hes probably done that to me 40 times this year." It would be the 41st save of 43 on the night for Reimer in game 5, he and the Leafs staving off elimination by the slimmest of margins, a edge of seat gripping 2-1 victory at TD Garden, the series shifting back to Toronto for game 6 on Sunday evening. Reimer turned aside 35 of 36 shots over a mesmerizing final two frames, including all but one in a third period dominated by the Bruins. "You need goaltending to win games, thats just what it comes down to every night," said Clarke MacArthur, who potted the eventual game-winner. "Theres no trick or secret to it. Youre going to make mistakes and [have] breakdowns and thats what hes there for." "Hes a very talented goalie," added Franson, "we owe him big for this one." Unlikely momentum and considerable swagger from a stinging overtime defeat in game 4 proved evident on this night, the Leafs full of belief with their season on the line. "We came in here with a mindset just to get back to Toronto and give ourselves a chance and weve done that now," said MacArthur. Hardly resembling a team wilting on the ropes, the Leafs stormed the Bruins in the opening frame, outshooting a tense home side by a 19-8 margin, only the brilliance of Tuukka Rask holding them at bay. Midway through the middle period their persistence finally paid dividends, Tyler Bozak notching his first of the postseason, breaking free shorthanded before beating Rask for the games opening goal. MacArthur increased the lead to two in the early minutes of the third - his second in as many nights after a pair of games in the press box - picking off a Johnny Boychuk attempt along the wall before sliding the puck around Rask. The goal would prove enormous. With wave upon wave of fierce aggression, Boston would storm the house in the final 18 minutes of regulation, a blast from Zdeno Chara closing the gap to one. More theatrics from Reimer, a crossbar from Boychuk, and a massive hold on the penalty kill would seal victory and send the series back to Toronto. It was yet another display of fortitude from a group that refuses to bow to expectation or pressure. "They obviously didnt want to have to come back to Toronto and play another game," Bozak stated in a joyous visitors dressing room. "Were excited to get to that game and [now] anything can happen." And as for that stop on Jagr, which procured the gutsy victory in the dying moments of regulation, Reimer would respond as Franson and others have surely heard in the past. "Its a skill save," he smirked. Five Points 1. Reimer steals one Forty-four pucks were fired at Reimer on Friday evening, all but one turned aside. For perhaps the first time all series - game 2 was less spectacular than the numbers may have suggested - the Leafs goaltender stole his team a victory. The splendid stop on Jagr was one of many of such brilliance. "Hes kept us in games when we needed him to and hes made opportune saves at the perfect times," said Bozak, who tallied his first career playoff goal on a shorthanded breakaway. It was just moments before that Bozak marker that Reimer made what proved to be just one of a number of a game-changing saves. Extending his right pad to the maximum allowable with a glaring cage open, Reimer turned aside Patrice Bergeron and kept the score even at zero in the opening stages of the second. "It was just one of those plays where I think the puck got deflected to him back-door and you just try and get something over there," he said. "Lucky enough that I got my toe over there and lucky enough that he hit it." Outplayed by Rask in the opening four games of the series, Reimer stepped to the forefront at a crucial time - rebound control remaining an issue at various points however - now with a .928 save percentage on the 207 shots hes faced thus far. "When you get out there you always want to be the best for your teammates, regardless of if the other goalie is letting in 10 a night or zero," he said. "Whatever the situation is you want to play the best for your teammates." "As a young goaltender hes been presented with a lot of pressure and hes remained fairly calm and level-headed," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said of Reimer. "You can see the growth of a hockey player, specifically a goaltender thats finding his way and learning some of the intricacies of playoff hockey and the experience should be real valuable to him as it should be to all of our younger players." 2. MacArthurs redemption MacArthur logged a mere 12 shifts in the victory, just seven-plus minutes to his name. But for the second straight game, the 28-year-old would score, the latest unquestionably the biggest of his seven-year career. "I feel like Im reenergized," said MacArthur, who sat for games 2 and 3, returning to score in game 4 on Wednesday night. "These big games Ive always loved playing in them, throughout juniors and wherever, these playoff games have always been great for me. Its just nice to have got that chance again to be back out there." MacArthur had endured a 15-game goal drought during the latter stages of the regular season, those offensive woes now in the past. "Thats a great sign for a coach that youve got a veteran guy that steps in and provides you with some offence," said Carlyle. "Hes obviously a little upset sitting out," Bozak added, "you never want to sit out this time of year, [but] it maybe put a little spark in him." Joining MacArthur with unlikely and continued performance were Jake Gardiner, who lled the Leafs with 24-plus minutes of ice-time, Mikhail Grabovski, sharp in 21-plus minutes, Matt Frattin, who tied for the team lead with seven hits and even Ryan OByrne, who struggled at points but still managed to block five shots, most of any player on this night.dddddddddddd 3. The "Mean bastard" approach "... just try to be a mean bastard," Carl Gunnarsson said of the approach demanded against the Bruins lethal line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, which had combined for 22 points in the first four game of the series. More prominent than simple approach, however, was the tactical change Carlyle made for the fifth game of the series in opposing the most dangerous combination of the postseason to date. As he had done at various points in the regular season, Carlyle reconfigured a checking line on Friday night, teaming Mikhail Grabovski (21 minutes), Jay McClement (20 minutes) and Nik Kulemin (18 minutes) together whenever Krejcis line took the ice. The adjustment worked about as well as one could expect. Krejci, Horton and Lucic combined for one shot in the opening two periods and just two on the evening (they combined for 13 in game 4), the Bruins pivot chipping in with a quiet helper on Charas goal in the third. Additionally sturdy in slowing the unit were Gunnarsson and Dion Phaneuf, the latter rebounding from an off-kilter performance in game 4. 4. Withstanding the onslaught The Leafs managed just four shots in the final period and just two in the final 18 minutes. Overwhelmed by the Bruins furious pushback, they stopped skating, failed to clear pucks at opportune times and lost physical battles amid lengthy shifts in the defensive zone. Still, they managed to find the means to hang on, however coarsely. "They had a pretty good amount of pressure in that period, but its those situations where you have to learn to be calm," Cody Franson explained, his effort of nearly 23 minutes second only to Gardiner. "Weve tried to do that as a group this whole year when trying to hold a lead is just teach ourselves to not get too excited or overwhelmed ... to be able to keep our composure and not just slap the puck around and give them chances at us that arent necessary." Toronto had a 20-2-1 record when leading after two periods in the regular season, the win total second only to Chicago, who posted 26 victories in such situations. Crucial to withstanding on Friday evening was a notable effort from the penalty kill. With fewer than four minutes on the clock and the Bruins onslaught in full force, Bozak flipped a puck over the boards and was whistled for delay of game. Rather than wilt amid the pressure, however, the Leaf penalty killers emerged, Boston managing just a single shot. "Thats a very critical time of the game for us," said Franson. "Our kills been good for us all year. Weve got good personnel out there, guys that put their bodies on the line for the team and are more than willing to do that. Theyre hard-working guys. Weve been successful because of that." 5. High stakes game Emerging with another momentous performance that night, MacArthur recalled Friday morning some of the high stakes games he had been a part of in the past, including the gold medal match of the 2005 World Junior Championships. "Its a little nerve-racking during the day," he reminisced of such instances. "You get to the rink and the best thing is just [to] go over things in your head on what youre going to do out there and certain plays that happen every game and be able to execute those plays." MacArthur and the Canadians emerged with the gold that day in Grand Forks, North Dakota, defeating Russia decisively by a 6-1 final. Joining the now 28-year-old on a historically stacked squad were Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter, Andrew Ladd, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf and Bruins opponent Patrice Bergeron. MacArthur, who scored four goals in the tournament and is now three games into his first NHL postseason, also recalled high stakes moments he faced in winning the WHL championship with Medicine Hat and emerging with an Alberta Junior Hockey League title with the Drayton Valley Thunder. "Ive been to some big games in the past," he said. "Its a mental thing. You get so ramped up for these games. Theres certain plays youd make and you dont make them because youre over-jittered." Quote of the Night "Im sure that weve poked the Bruins. Theyre going to be a very desperate hockey club come Sunday night. And we better be equally as desperate." -Randy Carlyle on what lies ahead for his team in game 6. Quote of the Night II "Hes got me a few times in practice with the old end of the stick there. He says its a skill save. Hes probably done that to me 40 times this year." -Cody Franson on the stop James Reimer made on Jaromir Jagr in the final seconds of victory. Quote of the Night III "Everythings on the line. Desperation is a word that people use in these situations and were no different." -Carlyle ahead of game 5 on Friday morning. Stat Watch 1: Point for the line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic on Friday evening. The unit combined for 22 in the opening four games of the series. 2: Combined shots for Krejci, Horton and Lucic in game 5. 13: Combined shots for Krejci, Horton and Lucic in game 4. 2: Goals for Clarke MacArthur in fewer than 16 minutes of ice-time in the past two games. 28: Total shots for James van Riemsdyk, leading all players in the postseason. 27-13: Blocked shots advantage for the Leafs in game 5. 208-180: Shot advantage for the Bruins this series. 7-24: Tyler Bozak on the draw in game 5. 4-15: Leafs on the draw in the offensive zone. 8-10: Mikhail Grabovski on the draw in game 5. Minute Watch 24:05: Jake Gardiner, leading the Leafs. Minute Watch II 21:18: Mikhail Grabovski, second among Toronto forwards. Minute Watch III 21:38: Dion Phaneuf, fourth among Toronto defenders. Up Next Game 6 at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night. ' ' '