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NBA Playoffs: Clippers dominate 4th quarter, win Game 7

May 13, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

Clips Griz Game 7

Through 27 quarters of basketball, the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers played each other to an absolute standstill. The two teams had traded blows throughout the playoffs, and the Clippers came into the final quarter of Game 7 with a 1-point lead in a hostile arena.

Then, after 36 minutes of profoundly ugly basketball, the Clippers finally got some offense going — and it didn’t even come from Blake Griffin or Chris Paul. Los Angeles’ two superstars combined for a grand total of two points and zero assists in the fourth quarter, and those two points came when Paul was intentionally fouled with the Clippers up eight points with 28 seconds remaining in the game.

The Clippers won game 7 by beating the Grizzlies at their own game — the team known as “Lob City” forced the Western Conference’s best defensive team into an absolutely abysmal offensive performance.

The numbers are ugly for the Grizzlies, who only managed to score 72 points on 32.5% shooting from the field. The team didn’t make a single three-pointer all game, and Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, and Zach Randolph combined to shoot 6-36 from the field. Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay both had solid games, scoring 19 points apiece, but the Grizzlies really had no chance of getting any offense going with Randolph and their entire backcourt shooting so poorly. Through most of this series, the Grizzlies looked like a better team than the Clippers, but they simply melted down on their home floor when it mattered most. After their fantastic 1st-round upset last season, this is a team that will have a lot to stew over this offseason.

The Clippers now have a date with the Spurs, who will, to be frank, tear through them like a wet napkin if the Clippers don’t bring their absolute A-game. That means that Paul and Griffin have to get back to 100%, the role players will have to step up, they will have to get tough on defense, and they’ll most likely have to get a little lucky. The Spurs will go into their series with the Clippers as heavy favorites, but the Clippers showed in this game, which they were heavily favored to lose, and the 4th quarter of Game 1 that betting against them isn’t always the best idea.

  1. dannymac17 - May 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    LOL

    tear through them like a wetnap?

    Delusional.

    • connaniii - May 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Not far from the truth!

    • moseskkim - May 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Clippers win.. Yesss

  2. jerdogthompson - May 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Where are all the Clippers haters I saw after game 6? Serves you right. Hope this game really hurts, I mean really hurts. Clippers fear NO team. Go Clipps

  3. isujames - May 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    This was a ugly game to watch,I can’t wait to see the Thunder dismantle L GAY tomorrow.Oh yea, Heat all day!!!!

  4. abchome - May 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Who knows the Clippers bench is this good?

    • dannymac17 - May 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Ima take a shot in the dark here, but correct me if im wrong, but i believe the Clippers organization did. Crazy right?

    • connaniii - May 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      It was a one game deal…

  5. jh4prez - May 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    The foul calls or lack there of in the fourth quarter kinda gave the clips the game #justsayin

    • connaniii - May 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      The refs had a hand in this one, but at the end fate prevailed!

  6. dirtyjerseysports - May 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Damn! Citizens of Memphis be on the alert. Z-Bo is runnin wild through Memphis.

  7. rosesacl - May 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Foye, butler, kmart, young, bledsoe, dj….. What yall got?

  8. rosesacl - May 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    You can hear the collective crinkling of brown paper grociery bags being taken off all the heads of those clipper fans…crinkle crinkle

  9. zblott - May 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    5 not-so-obvious things to watch for in the Spurs-Clippers match-up:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/5/13/10-notes-facts-figures-and-match-ups-worth-paying-attention.html

  10. davidcl77 - May 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The Spurs will be rusty. Doesn’t matter. They are the eventual 2012 champs, fellas. You can book it.

  11. 00maltliquor - May 14, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    aboogy123456, where you at buddy!? What I tell you, 7 games for sure, right? Best 1st round series, right? Yeeeeah buuuddy!

  12. mat9844 - May 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    The Clippers are a class act and a great TEAM. They’ve been playing like this all year. Tired of hearing why the Grizzlies lost –they lost because they had less points on the board. Plain and simple. BTW I didn’t see any Clipper player pouting on the sidelines when he wasn’t playing, like some other LA team which will remain anonymous.

  13. dysraw1 - May 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    well done the clips showed a lot of heart good for them

  14. jimsjam33 - May 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Clippers in 6 !

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