The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, Monday night 93-91, to take a 2-0 advantage in the first round best-of-seven series. Clippers point guard Chris Paul made a running jumper with a tenth of a second left to seal the victory.
Both teams remained on the hardwood as the referees reviewed the play, but it was eventually ruled a good basket, leaving the Grizzlies with time to inbound the ball, but not enough time to get a shot off.
Paul finished with 24 points and nine assists and former first overall pick Blake Griffin contributed 21 points and eight rebounds of his own. Paul carried the Clippers in the final four minutes of the game, scoring eight consecutive points including a clutch shot to give his team a 91-89 lead with 1:20 to play.
Mike Conley scored a career playoff high 28 points and dished out nine assists, pacing a Grizzlies fourth quarter comeback that cut a 12 point deficit into a tie game. 10 of Conley's 28 points came in the final frame, while Darrell Arthur scored five straight after Zach Randolph picked up his 55th foul.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies bench continues to struggle against the Clippers reserves. In Monday's game two, all five of the Grizzlies starters finished with a positive point differential, while the five Grizzlies bench players that got playing time finished with a negative point differential. In contrast, all five of the Clippers starters saw a negative point differential, while five of their six bench players had positive point differentials.
The Clippers bench was led yet again, by Jamal Crawford, who scored 15 points, on the day he finished second to J.R. Smith of the Knicks for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Marc Gasol added 17 points, Tony Allen contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds and Randolph had 13 points as he picked up five fouls for the second straight game.
The Clippers have now won nine straight games dating back to the regular season, and took the rebound battle for the second straight game.
Game 3 is Thursday night at FedExForum. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.