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.