After arguably one of the most thrilling playoff games in recent memory in which the Los Angeles Clippers erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, Game 2 turned in favor of Memphis with the Grizzlies putting on a show in front of their home crowd before heading to the City of Angels for the next two games. The come-from-behind victory of the Clippers no doubt hurt the confidence of the Grizzlies, but it may have motivated them heading into Game 2.
With the game virtually neck and neck throughout the majority of the contest, this Game 2 showdown in Memphis looked like it was going to come down to the wire for a second straight game. There was no question heading into the fourth quarter of this game that the Grizzlies were the better all-around squad and ready to tie the series up at one game apiece.
Despite that being the case, the Clippers never really went away as they kept on fighting throughout the closing minutes. Perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul led the charge for the Clippers with a game-high 29 points followed by Blake Griffin’s 22. That wasn’t enough to make up for the offensive struggles of the rest of the squad as they just couldn’t keep up with Rudy Gay and company.
Gay led the way for the Grizzlies with a team-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting while O.J. Mayo had a large impact off the bench with 20 points and some big baskets late in the game. The Grizzlies definitely got the job done on Wednesday as a team with six players scoring in double figures.
This series will continue to be physical battle with no love lost for each other. Unfortunately for the Clippers, the Grizzlies came out on top in Game 2, 105-98.
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