This is why the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul — to get an experienced point guard with a proven ability to come through in the clutch and will his team to victory when they need him most.
After failing to get a good look at the basket on the final play of regulation, Paul took over the extra frame, hitting four mid-range jump shots to help L.A. seal the win.
“The worst mistake I probable made in the game was not getting the shot at the end of regulation,” Paul said. “If I was at home watching it on TV, I’d be talking so bad about me. But you’ve got to get through it. The (best) thing about it is that I have teammates that have confidence in me. Everything we do is a team win.”
Point guard Mike Conley Jr. paced Memphis with 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists and Rudy Gay added 23 points and seven rebounds as the Grizzlies held a 47-36 edge on the boards including 19 offensive rebounds. But 16 turnovers and a 4 for 13 shooting performance from behind the arc didn’t help their cause.
Monday’s Game 4 was the latest installment in a thrilling series that has already seen two games decided by a single point. Memphis won Game 2 105-98 for the widest margin of victory yet in the series.
“It’s good TV, man, get the ratings up,” Paul said. “We don’t want any blowouts. There’s a reason we finished 4-5 with one game between us. We have a lot of competitive guys that don’t give up in this series. We have two teams that are going to fight until the end.”
Memphis heads back home for Wednesday’s Game 5 looking to extend the series while the Clippers hope to clinch only their second postseason series victory since they moved to L.A. for the 1984-85 season.
“I expect us to keep fighting,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said (via the Commercial Appeal). “We have a lot of basketball left.”
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