Grizzlies keep Clippers at bay
Clippers forward Kenyon Martin (L) and teammate Williams (C) challenge Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. (PHOTO: EPA)
Memphis suffered no ill effects of their stunning Game One capitulation to complete a measured 105-98 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday to tie up their first-round Western Conference series at 1-1.
The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in the series opener as they matched an NBA playoff record by squandering a 21-point lead after three quarters, but this time they rose to the occasion in the final quarter to make amends. O.J. Mayo had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth and Memphis overcame 29 points from Los Angeles’s Chris Paul to send the best-of-seven series back to Los Angeles for Saturday’s Game Three evenly poised. In the other Western Conference game, the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs thrashed Utah 114-83 to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Gregg Popovich received his Coach of the Year Award prior to tip-off and the Spurs celebrated by doubling their series lead as Tony Parker produced 18 points and nine assists to lead seven San Antonio players in double-figure scoring. In the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers produced a convincing 97-74 road win over the Orlando Magic to take a 2-1 series lead.