Memphis wins series 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

Memphis wins series 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, April 20th
Game 2: Monday, April 22nd
Game 3: Thursday, April 25th
Game 4: Saturday, April 27th
Game 5: Tuesday, April 30th
Game 6: Friday, May 3rd

Grizzlies 91

(56-26, 24-17 away)

Clippers 93

(56-26, 32-9 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    10:30 PM ET, April 22, 2013

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 26 18 27 2091
    LAC 26 24 25 1893

    Top Performers

    Mem: M. Conley 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    LAC: C. Paul 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chris Paul's last-second shot gives Clippers win over Grizzlies

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- His ability to make game-winning shots in the final seconds is one reason the Los Angeles Clippers brought Chris Paul to town. He came up big with a tenth of a second left against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

    Paul's running jumper against Tony Allen's defense gave the Clippers a 93-91 victory and a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

    "Tony played as good [of] defense as you can," Paul said. "I looked up at the clock and thought I better get a shot off."

    Both teams stayed on the court while the referees reviewed the play. It was declared good, leaving Memphis a tick of the clock to inbound the ball but not enough time to get off a final shot.

    "It hurts," said Mike Conley, who scored a playoff-career-high 28 points for Memphis. "We wanted to come here and steal one."

    Paul finished with 24 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points on the day he finished second to J.R. Smith of the Knicks for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

    "We were on him; the kid made a tough shot," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said of Paul. "He's a great player and he made a big shot."

    Paul carried the Clippers in the final 3:46, scoring eight straight points, including a basket that gave them a 91-89 lead with 1:20 to play.

    "The way Conley was blowing by me at the other end, the least I could do was make a couple shots," Paul said.

    Conley led the Grizzlies' fourth-quarter charge that came up just short. He had 10 points in the period, while Darrell Arthur scored five straight when Zach Randolph was on the bench to pull Memphis into an 89-all tie.

    Conley found Marc Gasol alone in the paint, and the big man dunked to tie the game 91-91 with 13 seconds left.

    Griffin won a hard-fought jump ball, but Paul missed a 3-pointer. He redeemed himself and set off a raucous reaction -- with longtime Clippers fan Billy Crystal pumping both arms in the air -- when he drove the right baseline against Allen and banked in the game winner.

    "I was supposed to send him back to the left. He got right, and that's what he does in close games," Allen said. "I definitely let my team down by not sending him back to his weak hand.

    "The guy made an amazing shot, and all you can do is just deal with the results."

    Gasol added 17 points, Allen had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Randolph had 13 points while racking up five fouls for the second straight game.

    Game 3 is Thursday in Memphis.

    The Clippers' bench started the fourth quarter and ran off eight straight points for the game's first double-digit lead, 81-71. Eric Bledsoe and Matt Barnes had four points each.

    Conley answered with five straight points to close the Grizzlies within seven points.

    Griffin and Paul joined the second unit, and Griffin scored on a driving dunk for an 85-76 lead. The Clippers returned to their high-flying ways after Lob City managed just one dunk in the series opener.

    "My teammates got me open shots and easy looks, and that gets me going," Griffin said. "We kept moving the ball."

    The Clippers led by seven points early in the third before the game turned into a back-and-forth affair. Memphis briefly regained a one-point lead and then tied it 59-59 on Arthur's dunk before Paul scored six of the Clippers' final 13 points to send them into the fourth leading 75-71.

    Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half, with the Clippers ahead 50-44 at halftime. The Grizzlies led most of the first quarter before the Clippers tied it late on a 3-pointer from the right corner by Crawford.

    Los Angeles controlled the second quarter, when Crawford got hot. He was 6-of-6 for 13 points before missing a shot.

    Game notes

    The Clippers have won nine in a row, including seven straight to end the regular season. … The Clippers owned a 40-38 edge on the boards for the second straight game. … Los Angeles County Coroner's officials said Monday that the son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling died from a pulmonary embolism after injecting narcotic medication meant to be taken orally. The report also listed diabetes as a significant condition in the death of Scott Ashley Sterling, who was found in his Malibu apartment Jan. 1. He was 32. … Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt made a rare public appearance at the game.

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    Research Notes

    The Clippers have kept Marc Gasol out of the paint in Games 1 and 2. Gasol has scored 12 of his 33 points in the paint this postseason after averaging 10.0 points per game against the Clippers in four regular season matchups.
    Chris Paul has scored 29 of his 47 points against the Grizzlies this post season as the pick-and-roll ball handler. Paul was 5 of 5 with all 11 points on those plays Monday in the second half after going 0 of 1 with a turnover in the first half. Blake Griffin aided Paul on the pick-and-roll Monday. In Game 2, Griffin shot 3 of 4 (6 points) as the roll man on those plays. In Game 1, Griffin had one play as the roller: a turnover.

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