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Watch Chris Paul's buzzer-beater to win Game 2

April 23, 2013|By Melissa Rohlin

With the score tied at 91-91 and seven seconds left in the game, Chris Paul drove to the basket and shot a one-handed bank shot from four feet away over Tony Allen.

The ball glided through the net with one-tenth of a second left to give the Clippers a 93-91 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"He has a knack and a will and a desire to step up in those moments," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "That's what star players do. That's the best part of the game. If you're competitive, that's what you love, and Chris loves that part."

Paul's clutch performance began long before that moment.

After having a quiet five points in the first half, Paul took over the game, scoring 19 points on eight-for-12 shooting in the third and fourth quarters.

Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points, a barrage that included jump shots from 15-feet away and crafty layups created off of dribble-drives. He finished with a team-high 24 points, nine assists, four rebounds and only one turnover.

After Paul made the game-winning shot, his teammates stormed the court to congratulate him, sprinting from their bench to the opposite end of the court to hug and high-five their star point guard.

"It's funny, we tried to get Tony Allen off of [Paul], setting screens and trying to get him to switch, but he didn't want to switch," Chauncey Billups said of the final sequence. "So he got back out there and he actually played great defense on the play. It was just a great offensive play by Chris."

The Clippers have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 will be in Memphis on Thursday evening.

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