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Chris Paul’s late heroics save Clippers
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 23, 2013 @ 2:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by David Leon Moore, USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES – In Game 2, the Memphis Grizzlies found a way to significantly narrow that embarrassing Game 1 rebounding gap against the Los Angeles Clippers.
As a result, they found a way to stay close to the Clippers.
But they still haven’t found a way to beat the Clippers.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul saw to that, banking in a game-winning shot off a drive with 0.1 seconds left for another chapter in his book of heroics.
Los Angeles, seemingly in control the entire game until finding themselves in a nailbiter at the end, moved to a 2-0 advantage in a first-round Western Conference playoff series with a 93-91 victory Monday night.
The series now shifts to Memphis, with Game 3 on Thursday night.
This was a rugged, tense seven-game first-round series last year, with the Clippers winning Game 7 in Memphis after failing to close out the series at Staples in Game 6.
A year later, the Clippers, so far, are again the better team.
Paul, as he is wont to do, began to exert his will on the game in the second half and eventually claimed it as his own, finishing with 24 points and nine assists.
L.A. forward Blake Griffin scored 21 points, winning his battle with Memphis’ Zach Randolph, who had 13, and the Clippers’ bench was again productive and inspiring. It was a blocked shot by sub Lamar Odom that led to a dunk by sub Eric Bledsoe that gave the Clippers their first 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford reminded everyone why he won a Sixth Man of the Year Award three years ago and was second to New York’s J.R. Smith when this year’s award was announced Monday. He made his first six shots and finished with 15 points.
The Clippers’ bench outscored the Grizzlies’ bench 30-11.
Memphis point guard Mike Conley tried valiantly to get the Grizzlies going, finishing with 28 points and nine assists.
He led a comeback from 12 points down early in the fourth quarter, slicing to the rim for layups around the Clippers’ interior defense.
Then, on a fast break, Darrell Arthur’s three-point play with … [For more on Chris Paul's late heroics save Clippers vs. Grizzlies, click here.]
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