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Clippers edge Grizzlies 93-91 on Paul's shot

Tony Allen was all over Chris Paul, trying to contain the Los Angeles Clippers All-Star as the final seconds of the game ticked down.

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LOS ANGELES —

Tony Allen was all over Chris Paul, trying to contain the Los Angeles Clippers All-Star as the final seconds of the game ticked down.

Allen was supposed to force Paul to his weaker left side, but Paul kept driving to the right baseline. He put up a one-handed running jumper that went off the glass and through the net with a tenth of a second to go.

Game over.

The Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-91 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

"It could have gone either way. If he had missed, you could have been saying how good a defender I was," Allen said. "The guy made an amazing shot and all you can do is just deal with the results."

The Grizzlies will have two days to think things over before Game 3 in Memphis on Thursday.

"C.P. made a tough, tough shot there off the glass," Memphis' Tayshaun Prince said. "It was great defense and things like that, but things never come down to the last play. It's what you do in the middle of the game that dictates winning or losing."

The Grizzlies trailed by 12 points early in the fourth quarter before tying the game 89-all on a three-point play by Darrell Arthur, who was in because Zach Randolph was on the bench with five fouls for the second straight game.

After Paul's basket, Marc Gasol tied it again when Mike Conley found him alone for a dunk to make it 91-all.

"I know people always look at the last play of the game as the problem but that's not the issue," Prince said. "We played well in spurts. Early in the fourth where they kind of got some rhythm and went up by 12, that's what kind of hurt us."

Memphis was outrebounded - 40-38 - for the second straight game, but not by double digits like in Game 1.

"It hurts," said Conley, who scored a playoff career-high 28 points. "We wanted to come here and steal one."

Gasol added 17 points, Allen had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Randolph had 13 points.

Prince said, "The thing we're most disappointed in is Game 1, how we all just came out flat. We were just very flat as a group. The effort was a lot better today but we have to be better."

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

Paul finished with 24 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 21 points and eight rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points on the day he finished second to J.R. Smith of the Knicks for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award.

"We were on him, the kid made a tough shot," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said of Paul. "He's a great player and he made a big shot."

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

Conley led the Grizzlies' fourth-quarter charge that came up just short. He had 10 points in the period, while Arthur scored five straight to pull Memphis into an 89-all tie.

Griffin won a hard-fought jump ball, but Paul missed a desperation 3-point attempt as the shot clock went off. He redeemed himself and set off a raucous reaction - with longtime Clippers fan Billy Crystal pumping both arms in the air - when he drove the right baseline against Allen and banked in the game-winner.

"I was supposed to send him back to the left. He got right and that's what he does in close games," Allen said. "I definitely let my team down by not sending him back to his weak hand."

The Clippers' bench started the fourth quarter and ran off eight straight points for the game's first double-digit lead, 81-71. Eric Bledsoe and Matt Barnes had four points each.

Conley answered with five straight points to close the Grizzlies within seven points.

Griffin and Paul joined the second unit, and Griffin scored on a driving dunk for an 85-76 lead. The Clippers returned to their high-flying ways after Lob City managed just one dunk in the series opener.

"My teammates got me open shots and easy looks and that gets me going," Griffin said. "We kept moving the ball."

The Clippers led by seven points early in the third before the game turned into a back-and-forth affair. Memphis briefly regained a one-point lead and then tied it 59-all on Arthur's dunk before Paul scored six of the Clippers' final 13 points to send them into the fourth leading 75-71.

Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half, with the Clippers ahead 50-44 at halftime. The Grizzlies led most of the first quarter before the Clippers tied it late on a 3-pointer from the right corner by Crawford.

Los Angeles controlled the second quarter, when Crawford got hot. He was 6 of 6 for 13 points before missing a shot.

NOTES: The Clippers have won nine in a row, including seven straight to end the regular season. ... The Clippers owned a 40-38 edge on the boards for the second straight game. ... Los Angeles County Coroner's officials said Monday that the son of Clippers owner Donald Sterling died from a pulmonary embolism after injecting narcotic medication meant to be taken orally. The report also listed diabetes as a significant condition in the death of Scott Ashley Sterling, who was found in his Malibu apartment on Jan. 1. He was 32. ... Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt made a rare public appearance at the game.

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