National Basketball Association
L.A. Clippers 101, Memphis 97
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, May 7, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
#47 Bennie Adams, #24 Mike Callahan, #19 James Capers, #31 Scott Wall
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
Mike Conley 25
Blake Griffin 30
Mike Conley 8
Blake Griffin 7
Zach Randolph 9
Chris Paul 9
Marc Gasol 6
||Free Throws Made
Blake Griffin 10
Mike Conley 1
Reggie Evans 2
Marc Gasol 3
DeAndre Jordan 3
Team Stats Summary
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.