Chris Paul scored eight of his 27 points in overtime, and the Los Angeles Clippers moved to the verge of their second playoff series victory in 36 years with a 101-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, taking a 3-1 series lead.
"It's fun, it's exciting," said Paul, who atoned for his inability to score at the regulation buzzer.
"The worst mistake I probably made in the game was not getting the shot at the end of regulation," he added. "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 that we do is a team win."
Blake Griffin had 30 points and seven assists before fouling out with 2:26 left in overtime for the Clippers, who blew an 84-74 lead over the final four minutes of regulation before Paul took charge in the overtime.
"He's a great player, and that's what great players do," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.
"Chris is always intense," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "That's what makes him special. Chris is so good, not only at making plays for himself, but making the right play. That's what makes him a star."
Mike Conley scored a career playoff-high 25 points, and Rudy Gay had 23 on 8-of-25 shooting for the Grizzlies, who couldn't match Paul's late-game poise in another thrilling chapter of a highly entertaining series with four games decided by a total of 15 points.
Caron Butler, playing with a broken bone in his left hand, scored 14 points for the Clippers, who still can't be comfortable after getting outrebounded 47-36 and giving away a big late lead.
After the Clippers rallied from big fourth-quarter deficits in their first two victories, Memphis rallied to 85-83 on Zach Randolph's jumper with 1:25 left. Gay hit the tying jumper in the final minute of regulation, and Paul drove for the go-ahead layup -- his only points of the fourth quarter -- before Randolph coolly hit two tying free throws with 20.4 seconds left.
Paul couldn't get a shot on the final possession of regulation, with Tony Allen and Gay swarming him -- but he didn't quit.
"It's Chris Paul. He made his name off doing that," Gay said. "He's a tough guard. We can try and make it tougher on him, but still he's going to make plays and make his teammates better. That's what he's been doing."
Game 5 is on Wednesday night in Memphis, with Game 6 back at Staples Center on Friday if necessary.
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