Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul scored a game high 29 points while his teammate Blake Griffin added another 22 points on Wednesday night as the Clippers took on the Memphis Grizzlies in the second game of their Post Season match-up at the Fed-Ex Forum. Unfortunately for Los Angeles the two players contributed more than half of the total points scored by the entire team; which would not be enough to beat their hosts as the Grizzlies won the contest 105-98. The victory knots up the series at 1-1 withe the action moving to Los Angeles for game three.
Rudy Gay knocked down 21 points in the game while Mike Conley put another 19 points on the scoreboard to lead the Grizzlies offensively; however it was sloppy ball-handling by the Clippers and quick reflexes by Memphis that would be the difference ion Wednesday night. The Clippers committed 21 turnovers for the night and Memphis capitalized scoring 25 points on their opponents mishaps.
Los Angeles came out strong in the opening period; filled with the confidence that their come from behind victory in the first game of the series gave them. Paul knocked down a mid-range jumper with 25 seconds left in the first and the Clippers held the edge at the end of the quarter with the score 26-23.
Memphis came back and tied the score early in the second and the two teams would spend the next few possessions exchanging the lead. Momentum would go the Grizzlies way down the stretch as center Marc Gasol hit a pair at the line with five seconds in the period and Memphis would be on top 51-47 as the game reached the half.
The home team would hold the lead throughout the third; however every time they seemed on the verge of pulling away, Los Angeles would be right on their heels again. Gay would connect on a shot five feet from the basket with 23 seconds left in the period and the Grizzlies would hold a 75-69 advantage at the conclusion of the quarter.
The Clippers would cut their deficit to four points early in the fourth, but the Grizzlies soon pulled ahead and this time Los Angeles could not stage a comeback rally as Memphis held on for the win and tied the series.
The two teams head to the West Coast as the they will take the court at the Staples Center on Saturday for game three of their best of seven series.