Clippers edge Grizzlies on Paul's jump shot

Published: Wednesday | April 24, 2013 Comments 0
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul - AP
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul - AP

LOS ANGELES (AP):

Chris Paul's running jump shot with a 10th of a second left gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 victory over Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their first-round play-off series.

Earlier at New York, Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Joakim Noah played his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets as the Chicago Bulls downed the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 to level their series at 1-1.

Both the Clippers and the Grizzlies stayed on the court while the referees reviewed Paul's last gasp play. It was declared good, leaving Memphis a tick of the clock to inbound the ball, but not enough to get off a final shot.

Paul finished with 24 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 21 points and eight rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points.

Paul carried the Clippers over the final 3:46, scoring eight straight points, including a basket that gave them a 91-89 lead with 1:20 to play.

Mike Conley scored a career play-off high 28 points while leading the Grizzlies' fourth-quarter charge that came up just short. He had 10 points in the period, while Darrell Arthur scored five straight to pull Memphis into an 89-all tie.

BULLS FIRST

Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this post-season.

Chicago held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth.

Noah finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who host Game Three tomorrow.

Brook Lopez scored 21 points for the Nets, who shot 35 per cent from the field and were just four of 21 from three-point range. Star point guard Deron Williams was one of nine, finishing with eight points.

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

Indiana 107, Atlanta 90; Indiana lead series 1-0

San Antonio 91, L.A. Lakers 79; San Antonio lead series 1-0

Miami 110, Milwaukee 87; Miami lead series 1-0

Oklahoma City 120, Houston 91; Oklahoma City lead series 1-0

Today's Games

Houston at Oklahoma City

Atlanta at Indiana

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio

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