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Round 1, Game 4 Final:
Clippers 101, Grizzlies 97 - May 7, 2012

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Key Stat of the Night

The Clippers were getting outscored, 20-0, in second-chance points when Reggie Evans rebounded a missed free throw by Blake Griffin with 3:46 remaining in overtime and got the ball to Paul, who sank a pull-up jumper for a 92-89 lead. The Clippers never trailed again.

Key Run of the Night

After the Clippers pushed their overtime lead to six, Memphis scored four consecutive points to get the deficit back to two with 10 seconds remaining.

Player Notes

Mike Conley scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 23 and the Grizzlies rallied furiously to force overtime Monday before falling 101-97 to the host Clippers. Memphis closed regulation with a 13-3 run, but couldn't catch up again after L.A. scored the first six points in OT to take a 3-1 series lead. More...

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the importance of winning this game

“They are at a huge advantage. They’re up three-one. They have another game at home. We haven’t won out here. So they do have a huge advantage, but that doesn’t mean that the series is over. It means that we have to go fight, and I expect us to keep fighting. It’s been really a tough, tough series. I said it was going to be interesting. We’re going forward, and we still have a lot of basketball left.”

On the difference in this close game

“Chris Paul. The guy made three straight jumpers, got to the basket, got fouled, I mean, come on. Chris Paul won the game for them down the stretch.”

On what Memphis will try to do to win games

“We’re going to try to shut down Chris Paul a little bit. Simple. He’s the problem, and we’ve got to solve the problem."

Rudy Gay

Overall thoughts on tonight’s game:

“We let them feel too comfortable. They were making shots and we never really put as much pressure on the ball handlers as we probably should have. Tony did a great job, but it is tough for any man to come off that many screens and still try and stay in front of any one person. We just were a step slower.”

On the play of Clippers

“Chris Paul is going to be Chris Paul and Blake Griffin is going to be Blake Griffin. But, we have to try and limit their buckets and try and make it tough on them. Of course second-chance points hurt us and at the end of the game you can’t give up those kinds of things especially in the fourth quarter like we did and overtime. We can’t let those things happen.”

On facing elimination next game

“We are confident. We’re a tough team and we’re a resilient team. I think we can bounce back.”

Tony Allen

On the play of Chris Paul

“Looking at the numbers you would say [it was too much Chris Paul]. Obviously, we made plays down the stretch. I would say he pretty much dictated the whole game.”

On moving forward from tonight’s game

“They were definitely some gutsy games, some real bite-and-claw games. In order to be a great team, you have to take advantage of your opportunities and capitalize when you have the moment. You have to take your hat off and give them the credit because they pretty much man-handling this series right now and they’re up 3-1.”

Mike Conley

On overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“I thought we came out early in the first quarter and really put it to them, trying to get the ball in the paint, being aggressive and set the tone that it wasn’t going to be an easy game. Throughout the game I thought we lost what we wanted to do. We got in stretches where we couldn’t establish the inside game. Fourth quarter, we made that play where the offensive rebound here, the offensive rebound there that they get, it’s the difference. [Reggie] Evans has been big for them. Chris Paul obviously took over at the end. Give them the credit.”

On heading back to Memphis for Game 5

“We have to treat it like it’s the last game. It can be the last game for us, so we have to give it everything we’ve got regardless if guys are happy, if guys are not, we’ve got to play for one another understanding that winning is automatic at this point and it doesn’t matter how we do it. It doesn’t matter who steps up or who doesn’t, we’ve got to win.”