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.