L.A. Clippers 87, Memphis 86

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, May 5, 2012 4:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #30 John Goble, #71 Rodney Mott, #9 Derrick Stafford
Attendance - 19060

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Memphis 22 24 25 15 86
L.A. Clippers 23 27 14 23 87

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 41-25 26-7 15-18 L1
L.A. Clippers 40-26 24-9 16-17 W1

Recap


CLIPPERS 87, GRIZZLIES 86: Chris Paul scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead jumper as Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to take a 2-1 series lead over visiting Memphis.

Blake Griffin added 17 points and Randy Foye had 16 for the Clippers, who took control with a 13-1 spurt and barely held off a furious Grizzlies' comeback in the final seconds

While not as impressive as the stunning 27-point comeback in Game 1, Los Angeles held Memphis without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. The Clippers will host Game 4 on Monday night.

Rudy Gay scored 24 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in under a five-second span, to cut the deficit to 87-86 with 8.9 seconds to play.

Eric Bledsoe missed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left, giving Memphis a chance to win, but Gay's shot bounced off the rim.

Zach Randolph had 17 points for Memphis, which saw a 79-73 lead with 4:35 left disintegrate into an 86-80 deficit with 23 seconds remaining.

Los Angeles prevailed despite a wide disparity at the free throw line in Memphis' favor. The Grizzlies were 30 of 39 from the line compared to 13 of 30 for Los Angeles.

Gay had scored nine points in the third quarter as Memphis used an 11-0 burst to surge ahead and carry a 71-64 lead into the final period.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Clippers F Caron Butler was a surprise starter Saturday. He suffered a fractured left hand in Game 1 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Butler saw a specialist Thursday and was told that aggravating the injury wouldn't cause him to be sidelined any longer. ... Memphis swingman Quincy Pondexter scored 11 points, all in the first half, for his highest output since March 13. ... Foye had scored a total of nine points in the first two games.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   L.A. Clippers
Rudy Gay 24 Scoring Chris Paul 24
Mike Conley 8 Assists Chris Paul 11
Marc Gasol 10 Rebounds Reggie Evans 11
Rudy Gay 12 Free Throws Made Chris Paul 7
Rudy Gay 3 Steals Chris Paul 4
Marc Gasol 3 Blocks Mo Williams 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 86 40.0 4-13 30-39 19 40 4 10 17
L.A. Clippers 87 47.1 8-17 13-30 18 35 5 11 17

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Clippers will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Clippers have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .720 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against L.A. Clippers . The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .675 after a win and .538 after a loss.
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