Memphis 97, L.A. Clippers 101

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, May 7, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #47 Bennie Adams, #24 Mike Callahan, #19 James Capers, #31 Scott Wall
Attendance - 19167

Final Scoring Summary

Final OT 1 2 3 4 X T
Memphis 26 19 19 23 10 97
L.A. Clippers 32 19 18 18 14 101

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 41-25 26-7 15-18 L2
L.A. Clippers 40-26 24-9 16-17 W2

Recap


CLIPPERS 101, GRIZZLIES 97 (OT): Chris Paul scored eight of his 27 points in overtime and host Los Angeles seized a commanding 3-1 series lead over Memphis.

Blake Griffin added 30 points, including a big three-point play in the extra session, to help the Clippers prevail after blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.

Paul also had nine rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles, which can wrap up the series Wednesday night in Game 5 at Memphis.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and hit a layup to cut a six-point overtime deficit to 99-97 with 10.1 seconds to play.

Mo Williams hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal it for the Clippers, who have won their three games by a total of six points.

Rudy Gay bounced back from a dismal first half to score 23 points for the Grizzlies, who erased a 10-point deficit in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation.

After Memphis rallied to take a 72-71 lead early in the fourth, the Clippers used an 11-0 burst, getting a conventional three-point play from Griffin and 3-pointers from Nick Young and Williams to match their biggest lead at 82-72 with 5:16 to play.

The Grizzlies stormed back as Gay scored eight points in a 13-3 run to knot it at 85-85 with 35.5 seconds left.

Paul drove the lane for a layup to put Los Angeles back on top with 26.9 seconds to go, but Zach Randolph hit a pair of tying free throws six seconds later and Paul was unable to get off a last shot.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Clippers carried a 69-64 lead into the fourth quarter - the first time in the series they were not trailing after three. ...Memphis had an 18-0 edge in second-chance points in regulation, but Los Angeles got a pair of decisive second-chance baskets in overtime. ... The Clippers had history on their side. In their postseason history, they have won all eight Game 4 matchups. ... Randolph was slapped with a technical foul for chest-bumping Griffin after fouling him late in the second quarter.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   L.A. Clippers
Mike Conley 25 Scoring Blake Griffin 30
Mike Conley 8 Assists Blake Griffin 7
Zach Randolph 9 Rebounds Chris Paul 9
Marc Gasol 6 Free Throws Made Blake Griffin 10
Mike Conley 1 Steals Reggie Evans 2
Marc Gasol 3 Blocks DeAndre Jordan 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 97 43.4 4-13 21-27 18 47 4 2 17
L.A. Clippers 101 44.7 5-16 28-40 18 36 8 8 12

Upcoming Games

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