Paul’s last-second shot gives Clippers 2-0 series lead

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Updated: April 23, 2013

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Chris Paul made the game-winning shot with
0.1 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Clippers snuck past the Memphis
Grizzlies, 93-91, in Game 2 of this first-round Western Conference playoff
series.

Marc Gasol’s slam with 13.9 seconds left tied the game at 91. Following a
timeout, Paul drove to the hoop and made a running bank shot against
Tony Allen to give Los Angeles a 2-0 series lead.

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

Paul ended with 24 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who won by a
112-91 margin in Game 1 on Saturday. Blake Griffin tallied 21 points and eight
rebounds.

“My teammates got me open shots and easy looks and that gets me going,”
Griffin said.

Mike Conley had 28 points and nine assists to pace the Grizzlies, who trailed
by 12 early in the fourth quarter. Gasol donated 17 points and seven boards,
while Tony Allen finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Game 3 of this best-of-seven series is set for Thursday in Memphis.

The Clippers seemed poised for another strong finish after starting the fourth
quarter on an 8-0 run. Matt Barnes and Eric Bledsoe each tallied four points
during the spurt, giving the home team an 83-71 lead with 9:50 to play.

Conley answered with five straight points to spark a 13-4 Memphis run. He
ended with 10 points during the surge, including a layup with three minutes
left to cut the gap to 87-84.

Paul’s 17-foot jumper gave the Clippers a five-point edge, but Darrell Arthur
scored the next five points to tie the game. After making a jumper, Arthur
took an outlet pass from Allen and went in for a dunk. He was fouled on the
play and made the ensuing free throw to make it 89-89 with 1:37 to go.

Paul made a jumper at the other end to give Los Angeles the lead again. The
Clippers had a chance to extend their margin after Gasol missed a short
jumper. A jumpball took place when Paul and Allen battled for a loose ball,
and the Clippers won the tip. Paul was forced to fire up a 31-foot jumper with
the shot clock about to expire.

Memphis capitalized at the other end when Gasol set a pick for Conley and
rolled to the hoop for an easy slam, tying the contest with 13.9 ticks left on
the clock.

“We thought we played as good as we could but they made the play at the end,”
Conley said.

After each team scored 26 points in the first quarter, the Clippers outscored
Memphis by a 24-18 margin in the second frame to take a 50-44 margin into the
locker room.

Los Angeles held a 75-71 edge following a third quarter that featured four
lead changes and two ties.

Game Notes

Los Angeles, which scored 37 points in the fourth stanza on Saturday, scored
just 18 points in the final frame on Monday … The Clippers have won nine
straight games dating back to the regular season … Each team made just two
shots from beyond the arc … Los Angeles had 10 blocks.