May 2, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) shoots the ball over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half of game two in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Clippers Give Up Series Lead and 16 Offensive Rebounds to Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies now know that they can hold a game in the 4th quarter. Despite a brilliant all-around game from Chris Paul the Grizzlies held their lead in the 4th and closed this one out. Chris Paul recorded 29 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals.

When asked if he thought the game was getting chippy, Paul responded, “I didn’t see it get testy. It’s the playoffs. It ain’t no buddy-buddy ball.”

Vinny Del Negro said the difference in the game was “too many offensive rebounds. Too many turnovers. That’s what [the Grizzlies] live on.”

Offensive rebounds were key in getting this win for the Grizzlies, especially because the Clippers had more assists and a better field goal percentage (56.7%) than the Grizzlies did (48%). The Grizzlies had 16 offensive rebounds to only 4 for the Clippers.

“We just played real physical tonight. We came out aggressive and, you know, playing our game,” Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. “We scored a lot of points in the paint (46). We were playing inside-out, getting the ball in the post, and guys were making shots. That’s what we need to do.”

The game was certainly getting physical; Tony Allen was on the wrongside of a vicious DeAndre Jordan dunk.

The highlight play and Paul’s all-around brilliance weren’t enough though for the Clippers to complete another come-back after finishing one of the largest 4th quarter rallies in NBA playoff history. The Clippers will look to maintain their home-court advantage in front of what will surely be a fired-up Staples center crowd.

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