Video: Clippers’ Chris Paul hits game-winner to top Grizzlies
Clippers guard Chris Paul hit a last-second, game-winning floater to defeat the Grizzlies 93-91 in Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
With 13.9 seconds remaining, the Clippers inbounded the ball from the sideline, using a exchange between Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford to milk the clock and set up Paul at the top of the key. Paul sized up Tony Allen, one of the league’s premier perimeter defenders, as the clock hit six seconds, going to a series of stutter moves to get by Allen going to his right. Once he reached the free-throw line extended, Paul picked up his dribble with roughly two seconds remaining, jumping off one foot to toss up the leaning floater over a helping Darrell Arthur, which banked in as time expired. The officials put 0.1 second back on the clock after Paul’s basket, downgrading the apparent buzzer-beater into a mere game-winner after the Grizzlies were unable to score on the other end.
“I knew Tony Allen is a hell of a defender,” Paul said in a televised post-game interview. “We tried to get him to switch off, we tried to get Mike Conley on me. After I made the shot, I came over here and said, ‘That was some great defense.’ He just kept me off-balance, but luckily I got over to my right and luckily I got my floater off.”
Paul finished with a team-high 24 points (on 9-of-17 shooting), nine assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes. The six-time All-Star scored the Clippers’ last eight points over the game’s final 3:46 to deliver the win.
Los Angeles, the West’s No. 4 seed, took a 2-0 series lead over Memphis, the No. 5 seed. Conley led the Grizzlies with a game-high 28 points (on 9-of-18 shooting) and nine assists in a losing effort.
This effort marked the second game-winner of the 2013 playoffs. Denver’s Andre Miller delivered a game-winner against Golden State in Game 1 on Saturday.