Paul's Last-second shot gives Clippers 2-0 series lead over Grizzlies
It looked like the Clippers had blown one of their best performances in recent memory. But Chris Paul saved the best for last. His driving one-handed bank shot virtually at the buzzer lifted the Clippers to a 93-91 win over Memphis on Monday night at Staples Center, giving them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference playoff series. Memphis rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, but Paul saved the day. "That's why they're star players, they step up in the biggest moments and they're able to make plays," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "It doesn't always have to be the shot but the right play, whether it's a defensive play, a shot, making the right pass, getting someone an easy basket, making free throws. Chris has done it his whole career, especially since he's been here the last couple seasons. "I have incredible confidence in him at the end of games and during games to manage the game like he sees fit." Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points. The Clippers seemed to have the game under control early in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies fought back. They finally caught the Clippers at 89-89 with 1:37 left, when Darrell Arthur got out in transition, dunked, was fouled and made the free throw. Paul came back with a 15-footer with 1:20 left, but with 13.9 seconds to go, Marc Gasol was wide open, took a pass from Mike Conley and dunked to make it 91-91.
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