Los Angeles' Blake Griffin drives against Memphis' Marc Gasol in the first half Monday. Chris Paul's running one-hander at the buzzer gave the Clippers a two-point win and a 2-0 playoff series lead. Page C3

Paul's basket in last second lifts Clippers over Grizzlies

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013 - 7:56 am

LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul's running jumper with a tenth of a second left gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Both teams stayed on the court while the referees reviewed the play. It was declared good, leaving Memphis a tick of the clock to inbound but not enough to get off a final shot.

Paul finished with 24 points and nine assists, and Blake Griffin had 21 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles.

Paul carried the Clippers in the final 3:46, scoring eight straight points, including a basket that gave them a 91-89 lead with 1:20 to play.

Mike Conley scored a career playoff-high 28 points while leading the Grizzlies' fourth-quarter charge that fell just short.

Bulls 90, Nets 82 in New York – Whatever pain Joakim Noah felt in his achy right foot would have to wait.

Blowing a chance for Chicago to even the series would have hurt much worse.

Noah gutted his way through plantar fasciitis that made it difficult for him even to run in Game 1, making three fourth-quarter baskets as the Bulls tied the series 1-1.

"I thought Jo was very rusty in the first game but willed it, and I thought he willed it again tonight, and we needed every bit of it," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "To me, it's obvious we're a much better team with him on the floor."

Noah, whose status was in question entering this series, finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"I feel like overall our team played passionate basketball tonight, and that's a plus, because it was ugly in that Game 1," Noah said.

Brooklyn made only two baskets in the third quarter and couldn't recover. The Nets shot only 35.4 percent.

"We didn't get stops, which was the key for us because then we couldn't get out and run like we wanted to," said the Nets' Deron Williams, who made only 1 of 9 shots and had eight points.

"We have to do a better job defensively next game. I've got to do a better job of everything really. This was a bad one for me."

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