The Clippers moved into the second round of the playoffs for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984 with an 82-72 victory Sunday at FedEx Forum in Memphis, becoming just the 22nd team in 109 tries to win a decisive Game 7 on the road.
Here is a look at some of the team's postgame comments about the game, the series, and advancing to the Western Conference Semi-Finals:
Randy Foye: "We just played with heart, man. It was do or die, and we knew it was do or die and we came in and we handled our business. I mean, Memphis is a great team. Their coach is a class act. Those guys played hard every possession, so you've got to tip your hat to them."
Chris Paul: "Emotionally it was unreal. You watch that Lakers-Nuggets game [Saturday] and everybody's talking about only eight teams ever came back from down 3-1, so everybody automatically assumed that this was going to be the ninth time, right? I mean, the odds weren't in our favor."
Eric Bledsoe: "I think this was one of the best defensive series of the playoffs. I've got to take my hat off to Memphis, too, because they played a helluva series. And we just came in and took care of it."
Mo Williams: "I think this series was really good for us, especially our young guys, playing against a physical team because that's what the playoffs are about. San Antonio's a different team, but at the same time it's still going to be physical."
"From top to bottom everybody came in locked in and we did a really, really good job defensively."
DeAndre Jordan: "I'm really excited. It's my first time in the playoffs and first time to get in the second round, so I'm just trying to take it all in. We can enjoy this win and enjoy winning this first round, but we have to get ready for San Antonio."
Nick Young: "Really just learning from our mistakes. At home we had the lead around the same time in the fourth quarter and just let it slip away. Today we did all the right things toward the end: boxed out, fewer turnovers, sharing the ball, and getting stops."
Reggie Evans: "If I'm going to look at any game [in the series], I'm going to look at the game we lost at home in front of our fans, letting them down. I feel more hurt about letting them down."
Blake Griffin: "You always dream of going to Game 7 and I wish I could've done more to help my team, obviously. But I'm so happy with the way my teammates battled and the way guys stepped up. You know, a win's a win, we're going to take it and now we've got a clean slate."
Vinny Del Negro: "I'm just really proud. I'm proud of the guys because they stuck together. They battled through the adversity of the situation. We played hard and we got it done, especially in the fourth quarter."
"Right now I want the guys to enjoy this and then we'll regroup tomorrow and focus in on [San Antonio]."
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