Grizzlies escaped Clippers, forces Game 7
Marc Gasol scored 23 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and grabbed 16 boards, and the Memphis Grizzles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 90-88 Friday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first round playoff series.
Blake Griffin scored 17 points despite a sprained left knee that limited his jumping ability, and Eric Bledoe added 14 points off the bench and provided a spark for the Clippers.
Chris Paul finished with just 11 points playing with a strained right hip flexor and a jammed right middle finger.
Tied at 66-all starting the fourth quarter, the Clippers scored 10 points straight to take their first lead since the game's opening minutes, with Bledsoe scoring six points.
But the Grizzlies weren't done.
Facing an 8-point deficit, Memphis went on a 17-4 run, to take an 85-80 lead.
Gay scored five in a row as the Clippers missed and Randolph came up with a big block. Conley hit a 3-pointer and Randolph tipped in the ball to close out the spurt.
Griffin made two free throws before Randolph scored for an 87-82 lead. Conley fouled Paul, and he missed the first and made the second to leave Los Angeles trailing 87-83 with 56 seconds left.
The Clippers were forced to keep fouling, and the Grizzlies made just 3-of-8 from the line down the stretch to stay alive.
Caron Butler missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining, but Randy Foye made a late 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left that cut the lead to two points.
However, considering the way the Grizzlies have missed shots from the foul line in the closing seconds, the Clippers seem to give up.
They failed to foul on the ensuing play that would have extended the game and perhaps give themselves a chance to at least send the game into overtime.
Game 7 is on Sunday in Memphis.
The winner of this series will face the top seeded San Antonio Spurs in the next round.
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