MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 13: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates after their 82-72 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 13, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: L.A. Advances With Road Win In Game 7

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Grizzlies Vs. Clippers: Fans React To Game 7 Victory

The Los Angeles Clippers certainly kept things interesting in their opening-round series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Things came right down to the wire in enemy territory, but the Clips managed to pick up a win in Game 7 and advance to the next round.

Steve Perrin at Clips Nation had this to say about Sunday's Game 7 victory:

You have to give the Clippers a tremendous amount of credit in this game. I've said all along that the type of game the officials call would have a big impact on this series -- the tighter they call it, it favors the Clippers more, the looser they call and more contact they allow, it favors the bruising style of the Grizzlies. Well, this was probably the most physical game of what has been a very physical series, drawing continually commentary from Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy in the ABC broadcast, yet the Clippers came out on top.

So it's a huge win, a rare Game 7 road win, the first Game 7 win in franchise history, and they avoid the ignominy that would have come with squandering a 3-1 series lead. The Clippers lost home court advantage in the first round by losing their final two regular season games -- and then they went 2-2 in four games in Memphis, winning Games 1 and 7 on the road. That's clutch.

The Clippers will face a much tougher opponent in the Western Conference semifinals, as they go up against the San Antonio Spurs.

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Clippers vs. Spurs Schedule Released

Following a thrilling game seven win over the Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers now have to refocus and prepare for Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs in the conference quarterfinals. The Spurs earned the No. 1 seed for their excellent play in the regular season and will be a very tough out, especially given their rested knees after taking care of the Jazz in just four games.

The schedule for the Spurs vs. Clippers series has been released.

The first game will be played on Tuesday night in San Antonio. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PDT. Game two will be played on Thursday night at the same time.

Following an off day to travel, the Clippers will host the Spurs at Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday. Times for these games are TBD, although Saturday will be an afternoon game and Sunday will be played sometime in the evening.

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Grizzlies Vs. Clippers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 7 Final Score: Chris Paul Leads L.A. Into Second Round With 82-72 Win

For the first time in their franchise history, the Los Angeles Clippers have won a seventh game of a playoff series. Third time was a charm for the Clippers, both in their franchise Game 7 history and in this first round NBA playoff series, as the Clippers eliminated the Grizzlies with a 82-72 win Sunday afternoon at FedEx Forum in Memphis.

It was the first win by a road team in Game 7 of a playoff series since the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics in Boston in the first round in 2009. With the Clippers' win, road teams improved to 22-87 (.202) all-time in NBA playoff history.

Chris Paul had 19 points, four assists, and nine rebounds to lead the Clippers to their first Game 7 win in franchise history. They had lost their previous two Game 7 attempts, 2006 in Phoenix and 1975 in Washington, the latter when the franchise was the Buffalo Braves.

The Clippers held a 3-1 series lead over Memphis but losses in Game 5 and Game 6 put them in the prevarious position of having to win a road game to advance. Which they did.

The Clippers trailed by a point heading into the fourth quarter, but outscored Memphis 27-16 in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to stellar play from Eric Beldsoe off the bench. Bledsoe finished with six points and three assists in 14 minutes.

Blake Griffin sat for most of the fourth, finishing with eight points and four rebounds in 28 minutes.

The Clippers advance to play the San Antonio Spurs, the top seed in the Western Conference, in the second round, which begins Tuesday night in San Antonio.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 7 Score: Chris Paul Leads L.A. To 39-38 Halftime Lead

Chris Paul had 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the first half to the Los Angeles Clippers to a 39-38 halftime lead over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 of their first round NBA playoff series on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The Clippers are trying for their first Game 7 win in franchise history, on their third attempt.

Paul made five of his 10 field goal attempts, including 1-of-3 from three-point range, but the Clippers shot just 36.6% (15 for 41) in the opening half. Blake Griffin had six points on 2-of-10 shooting, to go along with four rebounds.

Caron Butler added four points and four rebounds for the Clippers, who led by as many as 10 points in the opening half.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph continued to create problems for the Clippers in the first half. Gasol had nine points and three rebounds for Memphis, while Randolph had seven points and seven rebounds. But Randolph made only two of eight shots for the Grizzlies, who shot a putrid 32.5% (13 for 40) in the first half.

The winner of Game 7 will advance to play the top seeded San Antonio Spurs in the second round, beginning Tuesday night in San Antonio.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: Game 7 Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers hope the third time is the charm as they try, again, to eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies in their first round NBA playoff series. Game 7 is at FedEx Forum in Memphis on Sunday morning on ABC, with the Clippers trying to accomplish something they have never done before.

The Clippers are playing their third playoff Game 7 in franchise history, and they have lost both of their previous tries. The Clippers lost 127-107 to the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference semifinals, and the Buffalo Braves lost 115-96 to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the 1975 Eastern Conference semifinals.

Chris Paul was limited to 11 points and seven assists in Game 6 with a right hip flexor, and Blake Griffin had just five rebounds and 17 points on Friday with a sprained left knee. Both are listed as game time decisions for the Clippers, but you can bet the house that they will both play on Sunday.

Memphis is trying to become the ninth team in NBA history to win a series after being down three games to one. The last team to do so was the Phoenix Suns, who beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round in 2006, then advanced to play the Clippers in the aforementioned conference semifinals.

Sunday's Game 7 will be televised at 10 a.m. PDT by ABC. For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation. For more on the Grizzlies, check out Straight Outta Vancouver.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Grizzlies Vs. Clippers Game 7: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

It has all come down to this. After a new-look Los Angeles Clippers team took the city by storm in a lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season that at times appeared storybook, they will play an all-or-nothing elimination game on Sunday morning. The Clips' attempts to clinch things at the Staples Center on Friday night came up short and the Memphis Grizzlies have forced one final game.

The Clippers will be a bit banged up as they head back to Memphis but they still have the ability to lock down the win and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. If they take the loss, however, they will pack their bags and head home for good, with no guarantee that this talented team will remain intact next season.

Sunday's Game 7 will tip off at 10:00 a.m. PT and will be televised nationally on ABC.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: Fans React To Game 6 Loss

The Los Angeles Clippers were banged up on Friday night, but they had momentum and home-court advantage on their side. Despite falling behind early, they held an eight-point lead with eight minutes left in regulation. Despite all of that, they dropped Game 6 at the Staples Center to the Memphis Grizzlies and will now be hitting the road again to play an all-or-nothing Game 7 in enemy territory.

Steve Perrin at Clips Nation had this to say about the loss:

Give some credit to the Grizzlies. They had a lapse during that 10-0 Clippers run, but aside from that, this was their best fourth quarter of the series. For once, they didn't forget who they were. They got the ball to Gasol and Randolph inside, they pounded the boards, and that's how they won.

As I mentioned in the preview, to me this loss is not a disaster, it is not the death knell of the season. The condition of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin is a much bigger factor in the outcome of any game in this series than the venue of the game. The Clippers can certainly win Game 7 -- but not if Chris Paul has 0 points and one assist in the fourth quarter.

Paul and Griffin have a day off to get some more treatment, and maybe that will help, assuming that today's game didn't cause any specific setbacks. Generally speaking, if you play on an injury, it will serve to make you stronger the next time, as long as you don't do additional damage, so we might reasonably expect them to be better Sunday than they were today. Will it be good enough? We'll see on Sunday.

Clippers fans are certainly hoping against hope that this surprising, borderline-storybook season does not come to an ignominious end in Memphis.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 6 Final Score: Late Run Helps Memphis Force Game 7 With 90-88 Win

Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Clippers 90-88 in Game 6 of their first round NBA playoff series. After the Clippers did not convert two chances to eliminate the Grizzlies, in Game 5 and Game 6, the best-of-seven series is now tied at 3-3.

The Clippers reserves opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 76-68 lead with 8:31 remaining, but Memphis used a 22-9 run to win the game.

Chris Paul, struggling with a strained right hip flexor, had 11 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Clippers in the loss. Blake Griffin added 17 points and five rebounds.

Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, who shot 45.5% for the game.

Game 7 will be Sunday in Memphis, with the winner advancing to play the San Antonio Spurs, the top seed in the Western Conference, in the second round.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlie Game 6 Score: Marc Gasol Leads Memphis To 42-38 Halftime Lead

Marc Gasol had 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 42-38 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 of their first round NBA playoff series at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Clippers lead the series three games to two, and Friday is their second attempt to close out Memphis and advance to the second round.

The Clippers got sparks off the bench from Reggie Evans, who had eight rebounds and four points in 13 minutes; and from Kenyon Martin, who scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in nine minutes, including this dunk:

The Clippers were behind 25-16 after the first quarter. Memphis committed 11 first half turnovers, which helped the Clippers get back into the game. Chris Paul had six points and four assists for the Clippers, who shot just 37.0%.

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Clippers vs. Grizzlies: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Will Start Game Six

The Los Angeles Clippers got numerous scares in game five as both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul went down with various injuries, but both are expected to be in the starting lineups for game six. Griffin underwent an MRI on Thursday to check hit sprained knee for structural damage, but it came back negative. As for Paul, it is simply a matter of pain tolerance with a strained hip flexor.

Here is the news leading up to Friday night's game from Staples Center:

Tipoff from L.A. is set for 6 p.m. PT. That's 9 p.m. on the east coast. Probably some welcome news after game five went until about 1:30 in the morning.

All eyes will be on Paul and Griffin this evening, especially with a chance to close out the series at home. No team wants to face elimination on the road, and the Grizzlies have played very well in this opening series. A win tonight would not only advance Los Angeles to the quarterfinals, but also allows their team to have a few much-needed off days to get healthy.

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NBA Playoffs 2012: MRI On Blake Griffin Shows No Structural Damage, Game-Time Decision Along With CP3

The Los Angeles Clippers had their dynamic duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both suffer injuries in game five against the Memphis Grizzlies, though both are considered game time decisions on Friday in the crucial game six of their Western conference playoff battle.

According to NBC Sports' Kurt Helin, Blake Griffin had an MRI on his sprained knee, which luckily showed no structural damage. It is the same knee that caused him to still out of his rookie season after micro-fracture surgery, so that is good news for L.A. in all regards.

Chris Paul suffered a hip flexor/groin strain during the game on Wednesday, but will test it out pregame to see if he is in good enough shape to give it a go. I don't foresee either of them taking the night off if they are cleared to play.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 6: Game Time, TV, Streaming Schedule And More

The Los Angeles Clippers had a chance to close out the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night in Memphis in Game 5 of their first round playoff series, but fell short. Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were hurt on Wednesday but are expected to play on Friday in Game 6 at Staples Center, which will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Paul has a strained right hip flexor and Griffin has a sprained left knee. Both are listed as game-time decisions by the Clippers.

Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will be on the call for ESPN in Game 6 Friday night, and the game will also be available for streaming online at WatchESPN.com. The game will be broadcast locally as well on KCOP, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith broadcasting the game.

Game 6 starts at 6 p.m. PDT Friday night. The Clippers are 2-2 all-time in Game 6 in their playoff history, with their last Game 6 a 118-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the first round in 2006.

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Clippers vs. Grizzlies: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Game-Time Decisions For Game Six

The Los Angeles Clippers received some good news and some bad news on Thursday. Blake Griffin, who sprained his left knee in game five against the Grizzlies, underwent an MRI and received word that there was no structural damage to the area. Chris Paul strained his right hip flexor in the final minutes of Wednesday's game, causing the star point guard obvious pain.

According to this report from The Los Angeles Times, Griffin and Paul would be game-time decisions for Friday's game six at Staples Center.

One would have to think both Griffin and Paul would play on Friday with a chance to close out the series at home, but you never know with these kind of injuries. The last thing the Clippers want to do is have to go on the road once again to play a seventh and final game of the series. The team did not practice on Thursday in attempt to keep everyone healthy and their legs fresh.

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Grizzlies Vs. Clippers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5 Final Score: Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph Keep Memphis Alive WIth 92-80 Win

Marc Gasol had 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80 in Game 5 of their first round NBA playoff series on Wednesday night at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The loss cut the Clippers' lead in the best-of-seven series to three games to two.

Much like Game 1, the Clippers fell behind big. Memphis led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter, but the Clippers clawed their way to an six-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Chris Paul had 19 points and six assists for the Clippers, but strained his right groin in the fourth quarter. Mo Williams scored 20 points off the bench for the Clippers.

Zach Randolph scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while Rudy Gay added 14 points.

Blake Griffin suffered a hyperextended left knee in the third quarter, but after briefly getting examined by team trainers he returned to the game. Griffin scored 15 and had 11 rebounds in the game.

Game 6 is Friday night at 6 p.m. at Staples Center.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 5 Score: Zach Randolph Leads Memphis To 57-42 Halftime Lead

Zach Randolph had 15 points and five rebounds in the first half to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 57-42 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of their first round NBA playoff series Wednesday night at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series three games to one.

Randolph shot 6-of-7 from the field, and center Marc Gasol shot 8-of-11 on his way to 18 points and four assists for Memphis. Quincy Pondexter added six points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who shot 57.5% (23 for 40) in the opening half.

The Clippers trailed 36-22 after the first period.

Blake Griffin had 10 points and five rebounds for Los Angeles, and Caron Butler added eight points. The Clippers shot 37.8% (14 for 37) in the first half, and were outrebounded by the Grizzlies 18-15.

Mo Williams scored eight points off the bench for the Clippers in the first half.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Recap: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Shine In Game 4

The Los Angeles Clippers had their second straight hard fought home win over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night in Game 4 of their first round playoff series at Staples Center, and the 101-97 overtime conquest gave the Clippers a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Grizzlies. The two stars came to play Monday, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading Los Angeles to victory.

Paul scored eight of his 27 points in overtime, and nearly finished with a triple-double as he led the team in both rebounds (nine) and assists (seven). The folks at Clips Nation think that will lead to a Memphis defensive change in Game 5 on Wednesday.

"Chris Paul was masterful tonight in the overtime period. You can be sure that the Grizzlies are going to do their best to take the ball out of his hand now, particularly in late game situations," wrote johnnyoc21. "The likely response is to trap him on every pick n roll. This is easier said than done, but the Clippers need to be ready to adjust, and Mo Williams, Randy Foye, and the rest of the Clipper shooters need to be ready to respond."

Griffin scored a playoff high 30 points in Game 4 before fouling out in overtime. He was an offensive force, causing trouble for Zach Randolph or whomever was trying to guard him. At halftime, Steve Perin of Clips Nation noticed Griffin was getting to Randolph.

"Zach Randolph has some issues with the Clippers right now," Perrin wrote. "Reggie Evans is defending the crap out of him, and Blake Griffin is in his head on the other end. I've seen this look in Z-Bo's eyes before -- he's about to throw a punch."

Randolph didn't throw a punch, but he did get a technical foul and was held to 12 points and nine rebounds.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Memphis.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Video Highlights: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Carry Los Angeles In Game 4 Win

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were the ones who really lifted the Los Angeles Clippers to victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of the Western Conference Playoffs to go up in the series 3-1. Paul put up 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Griffin added 30 points, five rebounds, and seven assists to help put L.A. one win away from the second round. Here are some highlights from last night's game.

Caron Butler wore a guard on his hand, and he still managed to shoot a three later on.

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Marc Gasol came up with his defensive kung-fu mojo on this play, and came up just a little short

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In his halftime interview, Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is very impressed with Chris Paul's ability to draw fouls on flops.


Eric Bledsoe came up with a nice save here, then came up with a block of Mareese Speights.

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The physicality romped up between Gasol and Reggie Evans, and Zach Randolph and Griffin later on in the game.

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Kenyon Martin went up high and blocked Gasol's floater.

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Butler is all pumped up here.

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Griffin and the refs all love each other.

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CP3 had a nice shot that didn't count.

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Blake Griffin converts the AND-1 dunk.

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One Clipper fan was quite ready to get up close with CP3.

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Kenyon Martin is a little frustrated and gets a bit angry, cursing.


And Paul hits the dagger and reacts with Griffin.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 4 Score; Chris Paul Carries L.A. To 3-1 Lead In 101-97 OT Victory

The Los Angeles Clippers were leading for most of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but after struggling for three quarters, Rudy Gay managed to have a great fourth, including an isolation drive and jumper in the paint on Blake Griffin to tie the game in the final seconds. Chris Paul came back with a layup but Zach Randolph knocked in two free throws after being fouled on a feed by O.J. Mayo. Paul had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but Tony Allen kept CP3 in front of him and Rudy Gay forced the turnover to force overtime.

Thanks to some important moments from Blake Griffin, the Clippers managed to take a six point lead, and then Paul took over with eight points in the overtime period to give L.A. a 99-93 overtime lead. Gasol managed a dunk and Mike Conley got a layup after a Paul turnover, but Mo Williams hit two free throws to make it 101-97 with 7.2 seconds left to put the game on ice.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 4 Score: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Give L.A. 51-45 Halftime Lead

Chris Paul scored 11 points and had five rebounds and five assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 51-45 lead at halftime over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their first round NBA playoff series at Staples Center. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

Blake Griffin had 16 points and three rebounds to lead the Clippers, who shot 47.2% (17 for 36) in the first half. Caron Butler, wearing a rather large brace on his broken left hand, scored 11 points for the Clippers on 4-of-6 shooting, all in the first quarter.

Mike Conley had 12 points and five assists to lead the Grizzlies, who shot 43.2% (16 for 37) in the opening 24 minutes. Zach Randolph had six points and six rebounds, while Rudy Gay scored five points for for Memphis.

Randolph and Gay both received technical fouls for Memphis in a physical first half, while DeAndre Jordan was teed up for the Clippers.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 4: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Los Angeles Clippers take a 2-1 series lead into game four at the Staples Center, hoping for a result that isn't as close as game three's 87-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: Fans React To Game 3 Win

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Clippers were able to take a 2-1 series lead in their opening-round NBA Playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Behind superstar point guard Chris Paul, the Clippers were able to mount their second fourth-quarter comeback of the series and pick up the win in front of a jubliant home crowd at the Staples Center. Fans are certainly counting their blessings after the victory.

Steve Perrin over at Clips Nation had this to say about the big win:

It's an amazing feeling to know that Chris Paul is on the team heading into the fourth quarter, I'll say that. If the Clippers are within striking distance late in the game, I tend to assume that Paul will manufacture a win. Which he did today. He hit a three on the first possession of the fourth to cut the lead to four. And with the score tied at 80, he first hit a short jumper to take the lead, then found Griffin for a dunk to make it four, and finally hit the free throws that stretched it to six. He also had several steals and deflections in the fourth, as for the second time in three games the Clippers defense really clamped down in the final stanza. Gay's three pointers aside, the Grizzlies struggled to score in the fourth. In fact, prior to those last 20 seconds, they had made only one field goal.

I think all the games in this series are going to be tight. Game 4 will be huge. The Grizzlies broke back in Memphis after the Clippers won Game 1, so neither team has been able to put together back to back wins so far. If the Clippers manage to do so, they take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. If the Grizzlies win, the regain home court advantage.

But whoever wins, it seems like it's going to be close. And if it's close, the Clippers are the team with Chris Paul.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 3 Final Score: Chris Paul Leads Comeback 87-86 Win

Chris Paul dominated the final two minutes, to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 87-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their first round NBA playoff series. The Clippers have a 2-1 series lead, thanks to Paul leading a late comeback.

Paul scored 22 points, had 11 assists, and four steals, and had a three-possession sequence that gave the Clippers the lead. WIth the score tied at 80-80, Paul hit a fallaway jumper to give the Clippers the lead with 2:02 remaining, then stole the ball from Marc Gasol on the next possession. Down on the other end of the court, Paul found Blake Griffin with a no-look pass for a slam dunk and a four-point Clippers advantage.

Game 3 was a contest full of runs. The Clippers used an 18-1 run from the end of the first quarter into the second quarter to take a 13-point lead. But Memphis responded with an immediate 13-0 run to tie the game. The Clippers led by four points at halftime, but the Grizzlies used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to seize the lead, their first since late in the first period.

After falling behind by eight points in the final seconds of the third quarter, the Clippers cut the deficit to two points with a 6-0 run but weren't able to complete the comeback until Randy Foye hit a three-pointer with 3:13 remaining.

The Clippers ended the game on a 12-7 run and outscored Memphis 23-15 in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gay hit a pair of late three-pointers to keep the Grizzlies close, but missed a wild potential game-winner at the buzzer.

The Clippers had to overcome shooting just 13-of-30 from the free throw line (43.3%), while the Grizzlies were 30-of-39 from the line (76.9%). Gay was instrumental in the Grizzlies' 17-point free throw advantage as he was 12-of-15 from the charity stripe en route to 24 points.

Memphis outrebounded the Clippers 40-35 in Game 3. Zach Randolph had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Game 4 will be held Monday night at Staples Center.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 3 Score: Chris Paul Leads L.A. To 50-46 Halftime Lead

Chris Paul had 14 points and seven assists in the first half to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 50-46 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies at halftime of Game 3 of their first round NBA playoff series at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The series is tied at 1-1.

Paul made 5-of-10 shots in the first half. Blake Griffin added 12 points and two rebounds for the Clippers, and had a steal and a buzzer-beating dunk to end the half for a four-point lead. Mo Williams added eight points off the bench, including a pair of three-pointers.

Saturday is the first home playoff game for the Clippers in six years. Los Angeles led 23-22 after one quarter despite getting outrebounded by Memphis nine to five in the opening 12 minutes. The Clippers used an 18-1 run from the end of the first quarter into the second, largely with reserves on the floor, to open up a lead.

The Clippers led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but that lead was temporarily erased with a 13-0 run by the Grizzlies.

Caron Butler started for the Clippers after missing just one game with a broken left hand, an injury that would normally take weeks to heal. Butler scored two points in 14 minutes in the first half for the Clippers, who shot 51.4% (19 for 37) in the opening half.

Zach Randolph had 11 points and three rebounds for the Grizzlies, who shot 44.1% (15 for 34) in the first half. Randolph scored seven of his 11 points in the first quarter. Quincy Pondexter scored 11 points off the bench for Memphis.

Things were getting a little chippy, especially late in the second quarter. Griffin for the Clippers and Marreese Speights for Memphis were each assessed technical fouls in the first half, and Griffin and Randolph had to be separated after getting tangled up in the second period. Marc Gasol, meanwhile, summed up the general attitude of the first half after getting called for a foul.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 3 Preview: Caron Butler Going To Play?

The Los Angeles Clippers got what they needed on the road in the first two games of their first round NBA playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, a road split. Now Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the gang are back home at Staples Center in Los Angeles, looking to hold serve and take control of the series. Here is a look at Game 3 by the numbers.

Butler Preparing To Play?: Caron Butler missed Game 2 after fracturing the fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand in the third quarter of Game 1, but has been shooting before Saturday's game, possibly preparing to play. Butler had 12 points and two rebounds in 23 minutes last Sunday in Game 1.

Paul Does It All: In Game 2 Wednesday night in Memphis, Chris Paul led both teams with 29 points, six assists, five steals, and five turnovers. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, there have only been two other times in the NBA playoffs during the last two years that a player had game highs in all four categories: Paul himself with the Hornets against the Lakers in the 2011 first round, and Russell Westbrook for the Thunder against the Grizzlies in last year's conference semifinals.

Young On Fire: Clippers guard Nick Young, who was instrumental in the fourth quarter comeback in Game 1 on Sunday, has made 10 of 16 field goals (62.5%) so far during the series, including 6-of-7 from three-point range (85.7%).

Crash Those Boards: The Grizzlies obliterated the Clippers with 16 offensive rebounds in Game 2, rebounding 40% of their missed field goals. The Clippers had just four offensive rebounds, grabbing 16% of their missed field goals, helping Memphis to an 18-6 advantage in second chance points.

Home vs. Road: The Clippers were 24-9 at home this season, including a pair of wins against the Grizzlies in Los Angeles. Dating back to 2011, the Clippers are 40-14 in their last 54 home games. The Grizzlies were 15-18 on the road this season.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Los Angeles Clippers will return home to the Staples Center on Saturday, as the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs rolls along. The Clippers staged a comeback for the ages in Game 1 of the series and will return home to host the Memphis Grizzlies with the series tied 1-1.

The Clippers will naturally be attempting to win both games at home, but on Saturday they'll start by going for the immediate win and move one step closer to advancing to the conference semifinals.

Saturday's Game 3 will tip off at 1:30 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Grizzlies Vs. Clippers: Grizzly Beatdown Could Prove Rude Awakening For Clips

Many of you were busy watching the NBA playoffs last night. Unfortunately, I was tied up with this little thing called baseball.

Everywhere around the NBA last night were playoff beat downs. Pure, unadulterated beat downs. But one gentlemen who was busy watching all the hoops action last night was Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer, claiming the only semblance of watchable NBA basketball came out of Memphis on Wednesday.

Sure Memphis was throwing the Clips around a bit, but this is the playoffs, no time to start getting soft or wasting your time whining about the referees. You just go out and play, and play the Clippers did. Never the less, Dwyer could only give a half-hearted yawn about this one as well.

After a miserable night of basketball that saw the Pacers and Spurs win by a combined 54 points, a reasonably competitive Clippers-Grizzlies contest was a needed tonic -- but hardly much to behold. It was sometimes fun to watch as Tony Allen and Zach Randolph worked their way back to respective health, and Chris Paul featured his typically pugnacious ways, but the back-and-forth never truly delivered.

Maybe he should have watched baseball last night.

Even though L.A. returns to Staples Center and has the home court advantage the rest of the series, it may not mean a whole lot, according to Dwyer.

If the Clippers think a hometown crowd is going to push them over the edge as the series moves to Los Angeles, they're in for a rude surprise. Nothing against El Lay or Clippers fans, but this is the sort of series where these things just do not matter.

Memphis is hungry and playing with a mean streak, something the Clippers haven't shown much of on the hard wood this year. Los Angeles better get mad and in a hurry our their playoff run will be cut much shorter than they would have hoped.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 2 Video Highlights

Let's take a look at some of the highlights from Game 2 of the Western Conference Playoffs between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies. As you would expect, CP3 and Blake Griffin were involved, but there were others like Reggie Evans and DeAndre Jordan as well.

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Reggie Evans goes down after contact with Marc Gasol, and he might have embellished a bit.

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Better angle of the madness.

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I have no idea what's going on here.


Chris Paul gets the alley-oop off and up to DeAndre Jordan.

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Blake Griffin decides to go way under the defense to make things happen.

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Chris Paul changes speed and direction with this Eurostep to the rim.


Blake Griffin kisses the sky with this long-range dunk.

The Clippers had their share of highlights on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough to overcome the all-around team play of the Memphis Grizzlies. This fan was quite pleased.

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Grizzlies Vs. Clippers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2 Final Score: Turnovers Doom L.A. In 105-98 Loss

Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 105-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their first round NBA playoff series Wednesday night at FedEx Forum. Their best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 29 points, on 10-of-17 shooting. Paul made four of six shots from three-point range, and dished out six assists, but also had five turnovers.

Blake Griffin had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 56.7%. Mo WIlliams scored 11 points in 21 minutes off the bench for the Clippers.

O.J. Mayo added 20 points from the bench, including consecutive jumpers in the fourth quarter after the Clippers cut the Memphis lead to four points. The Grizzlies had six players score in double figures on the night. Memphis shot 48.0% and outrebounded Los Angeles 37-28.

The Clippers had 20 turnovers in teh loss. Game 3 is Saturday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, NBA Playoffs First Round Game 2 Score: Chris Paul Scores 16, But L.A. Trails 51-47 At Halftime

The Memphis Grizzlies used a balanced scoring attack and a second quarter run to take a 51-47 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime Wednesday night at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Rudy Gay scored eight points for the Grizzlies.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and also had three assists. Blake Griffin scored six points and grabbed three rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 54.3% (19 for 35) in the opening half. Randy Foye added six points for the Clippers as well.

O.J. Mayo added eight points in nine minutes off the bench for Memphis. The Grizzlies had seven players scored at least six points, and shot 47.6% (20 for 42). Mike Conley had eight points and three assists.

The Clippers were outrebounded by the Grizzlies 20-11 in the opening half.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers vs. Grizzlies Game Two: Start Time, TV Coverage And More

The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a huge comeback effort against the Memphis Grizzlies in game one, which many experts are calling the greatest comeback in NBA playoffs history. Down by 20+ points in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, the Clippers came storming back and somehow pulled out the 99-98 victory in front of thousands of stunned onlookers in Memphis.

Now, with a chance to take a 2-0 advantage with the series returning to Los Angeles shortly after, you can bet Chris Paul and Co. are looking to come out strong on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies. Here is all of your game day information for tonight's game:

Start Time: Tipoff from the FedExForum is set for 9:30 p.m. ET, which is 6:30 p.m. on the west coast.

TV Coverage: TNT will air the game live, with a post-game show to follow all the action.

Radio: The Clippers can be heard locally on their flagship station in L.A. on KFWB News Talk 980.

Team Sites: For more on the Clippers, fans should check out Clips Nation. Grizzlies fans can visit Straight Outta Vancouver for their coverage.

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NBA Playoffs, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 1 Final Score: L.A. Erases 24-Point 4th Quarter Deficit In 99-98 Win

The Los Angeles Clippers had no business winning this game. Down 27 points at one point and trailing by 24 points with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Clippers were learning first hand just how important home court advantage was in their first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. But the Clippers staged an improbable and amazing comeback to stun the Grizzlies 99-98 in Game 1 at FedEx Forum.

The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series 1-0.

Nick Young scored 19 points to lead the Clippers, including hitting a trio of three-pointers in the final period in the comeback. Chris Paul had 14 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, while Blake Griffin added 17 points and seven boards.

"Our guys didn't give up. I can't tell you how proud of them I am. They just gutted it out," said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro after the win.

A layup by Reggie Evans with 50.3 seconds left capped a 26-1 lead to give the Clippers the lead, but Rudy Gay added a turnaround jumper to reclaim the lead for Memphis with 28 seconds left. Gay scored 19 points to lead Memphis.

Paul hit two free throws with 23.7 seconds left to give the Clippers the lead, and Gay missed a 16-footer at the buzzer to seal the win for the Clippers.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Halftime Score: Memphis In Control In Game 1, Leading 58-39

The Memphis Grizzlies took a dominant first quarter lead, and they haven't let it go. Despite a solid run by their second unit that helped cut a 20-something lead to 11, Memphis went on an 8-0 run to finish off the half to put themselves up 19 at the half.

Tony Allen had to restrain the excited bench during the run.

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Marc Gasol has 14 points and four assists, Rudy Gay put up nine points and five rebounds, O.J. Mayo put up nine points, and Tony Allen and Marreese Speights each had six points. Memphis is shooting 50% and have nailed five of their six threes; the Clippers are shooting 41% and have only one triple to their name.

Nick Young has provided a spark off the bench for the Clippers with ten points, and Caron Butler has eight, but Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are a combined 1-7 shooting with three turnovers. Safe to say the Clips will need a lot more from their superstars if they plan on coming back and winning this one.

The Clippers do have some nice dunks though.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game 1 Score Update: Memphis Blowing Out L.A. 34-16, Zach Randolph Doing Push-Ups

The Memphis Grizzlies went out to a rocking start against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoff series, as they got all five starters buckets early on to put them up 15-6. Memphis continued the torrid pace, doubling up the Clippers for much of the first half and leading by as many as 20 points.

Marc Gasol has set the tone with an impressive ten points, four assists and two rebounds. Rudy Gay contributed seven points and five assists, O.J. Mayo put in another six points, and Mike Conley added three points and four assists. Not much to like for the Clippers, as they're currently shooting under 30% from the field. Blake Griffin has two fouls and is 1-3 shooting. Chris Paul has two fouls, three assists and no points on 0-3 shooting. Caron Butler leads Los Angeles with six points, who are shooting 31% (compared to 65% for the Clips).

It was getting so bad for the Clippers that Zach Randolph was faking injuries and doing pushups.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Grizzlies Vs. Clippers Game 1: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

As the Los Angeles Clippers enter the 2012 playoffs losing three of their last four, the Memphis Grizzlies enter Sunday night's contest with an 11-game winning streak on their home court, something Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Co. will look to break in game one of this Western Conference playoff matchup.

The Clips are in a similar position to Memphis last year in that they are the young, inexperienced team in this year's playoffs, which could be a motivator for some on the Clips that don't have any playoff experience:

"People don't expect us to win, and I think we realize that" Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. "Hopefully, we play with that chip on our shoulder a little bit."

Los Angeles won two of the three matchups this season with Memphis, though both victories came at the Staples Center.

Date: April 29, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m. PT

Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

Coverage: TNT Network, Dick Stockton and Chris Webber on the call.

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2012 NBA Playoffs Schedule, Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: First Round Game Times, TV Info

The Los Angeles Clippers finished the 2011-2012 regular season with the best winning percentage (.606) in franchise history and made the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2006. They had a chance to clinch home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but a pair of losses in their final two games opened the door for the Memphis Grizzlies, who won their final six games to claim the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

The Clippers beat the Grizzlies in two of their three meetings this season, but the home team won all three games. Here is a look at the first round NBA playoff schedule between the No. 5 Clippers and the No. 4 Grizzlies, which begins Sunday in Memphis (all times PDT):

  • Game 1: Sunday at FedEx Forum, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
  • Game 2: Tuesday at FedEx Forum, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
  • Game 3: Saturday, May 5 at Staples Center, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Game 4: Monday, May 7 at Staples Center, TBD (TV TBD)
  • Game 5: Wednesday, May 9 at FedEx Forum, TBD* (TV TBD)
  • Game 6: Friday, May 11 at Staples Center, TBD* (TV TBD)
  • Game 7: Sunday, May 13 at FedEx Forum, TBD* (TV TBD)

*if necessary

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Blake Griffin And Hard Fouls

The league has a problem on it's hands with the number of hard fouls being committed and it's only going to get worse during the playoffs.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers Forced To Open Memphis Grizzlies Series On Road

The Los Angeles Clippers had several chances to clinch home court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. But with losses in three of their final four regular season games, and a season-ending six-game winning streak by the Memphis Grizzlies, the Clippers must now begin their first round series on the road, beginning Sunday in Memphis.

The Clippers (40-26) have never had home court advantage in their franchise history.

The Grizzlies (41-25) took care of business Thursday night with an 88-76 home win over the Orlando Magic, as Marc Gasol had 22 points and six rebounds in the win for Memphis.

The Clippers could have had home court advantage had they won one of their two remaining road games, either Tuesday in Atlanta or Wednesday in New York, but lost both. The Clippers rested Chris Paul on Wednesday night with a mild groin strain.

The Clippers beat the Grizzlies in two of their three matchups this season, but the home team won all three games, which makes home court advantage in this first round series all the more important. The Clippers were 24-9 at home this season, while the Grizzlies were 26-7 at FedEx Forum.

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2012 NBA Playoff Schedule: Clippers Face Grizzlies, Series Set To Begin Sunday

The Los Angeles Clippers are ready for the second season, hoping to make a deep run in this year's playoffs.

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