Griffin and Paul lead Clippers past Grizzlies
From Elias: Blake Griffin scored 30 points and seven assists before fouling out in overtime and Chris Paul finished with 27 points and seven assists as the Clippers held to take a 101-97 verdict from the Grizzlies, giving them a three-games-to-one lead in the series. The Clippers were the first NBA team to have a pair of players with at least 25 points and at least seven assists in a playoff game since they did it themselves back on May 14, 2006, when Elton Brand had 30 and eight and Sam Cassell had 28 and nine in a victory over the Suns.
Clippers lose despite big games from Griffin and Paul, first time since 1982
From Elias: Blake Griffin had 36 points and eight rebounds and Chris Paul chipped in with 34 points and five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Clippers dropped a 109-102 decision to the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday night. Since the 1990-91 season, only four other teams have lost a game in regulation despite having multiple players record at least 34 points and five rebounds: Cleveland vs. Denver on January 12, 1991 (Larry Nance and Brad Daugherty), Atlanta vs. Charlotte on April 17, 1993 (Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis), the Lakers vs. Portland on April 13, 2003 (Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant) and Miami vs. Chicago on March 14, 2012 (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade).
It was only the third time in the Clippers’ franchise history that two players each recorded at least 34 points and five rebounds in the same game. Dominique Wilkins and Ron Harper did it on March 8, 1994 and Michael Brooks and Tom Chambers did it while the team was located in San Diego on April 15, 1982.