Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  17 responses

Clippers Staged an Incredible 27-Point Comeback to Beat Grizzlies in Game 1

Vinny Del Negro admitted that he was thisclose to throwing in the towel last night, and Chris Paul confirmed that he had to beg his coach to let him back in the game. Thankfully for the Clippers, CP3 and the gang were given a chance to make the comeback of a litetime, and they took full advantage. From the LA Times: “In a game that defied all logic, the Clippers amazingly defeated the Grizzlies, 99-98, Sunday night at the FedEx Forum in one of the greatest comebacks in NBA postseason history. That was the biggest playoff comeback in the last 10 years, according to Clippers’ officials. ‘Man, they want to talk all that [stuff],’ Chris Paul said to his brother, C.J. Paul, on the court after the game. ‘Now what!’ ‘That’s going to hurt,’ a dejected Memphis fan said. The Clippers were down 27 with 2:38 left in the third, down 24 with 9:13 left, down 18 with 7:21 left and down 12 with 5:08 left. And yet these Clippers who are so new to the playoffs, these Clippers who had Paul playing with a mild left groin strain, these Clippers who lost Caron Butler in the third quarter to a fractured left hand, pulled out a victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and to take away the home-court advantage from Memphis. ‘We put a mask on and robbed that one,’ said Blake Griffin, who had eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Clippers outscored Memphis 35-13 in the fourth quarter. They ended the game on a 28-3 run. The Clippers shot 76.5% in the fourth, 83.3% (five for six) on three-pointers. They held Memphis to 26.3% shooting (five for 19) in the final 12 minutes. ‘I don’t remember what happened right now,’ said Paul, who had 14 points and 11 assists. ‘It’s all a blur. It’s too intense. Man, what a win for us. A big win for us. We came to get one. Now it’s time to get greedy.’ Nick Young (19 points) and Reggie Evans (seven points, 13 rebounds) played big roles for the Clippers.”

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  • Zabbah

    Mind blowing. CP3 is a beast.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    When it comes down to the nitty gritty, CP3 can determine a series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Henkenzo

    Too bad i turned the game off… It would have been so great to witness this comeback… But hell, just game one!

  • Brent

    Big ups to The team for never quiting. Great example of never stopping until final horn. Lets go LA!!

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    WTH happened last night??? I went to sleep at the end of the 3rd thinking this game was a done deal! Cant sleep on anyone during these playoffs… LITERALLY… smh @ myself.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Chris Paul is the best PG in the world still. Reggie Evans deserves a lot of credit. Kenyon Martin too for his defense on Rudy Gay. Nick Young caught fire. Great game to watch. Memphis completely collapsed and CP3 did what he does especially in the postseason. Same guy who singlehandedly took 2 games from the Lakers last season in the playoffs.

  • Heals

    Thank you DVR! Alomost missed it cause I left the room with about 5 mins left, only to came back with CP3 shooting the go-ahead FT. Crazy, I almost Memphised it up…

  • BlackStar

    @KHoliday – Man, I fell asleep too and woke up 3 minutes after the game was done. When I saw them interviewing CP3 I was mad confused like “why are they interviewing someone from the losing team” … Just to find out I missed an epic game. Major fail on my end.

  • Jane

    CP3=MVP!!! and Reggie Evans and Kenyon Martin are SO much better than DeAndre Jordan…he’s robbing their $$$

  • jake

    I turned the game off to watch River Monsters with Jeremy Wade. What was I thinking?!

  • fruizm

    Noooooo…..I was watching this game until the 4th quarter, when I decided to go to bed. I cant believe this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ash

    Man I watch the whole game. Brokehearted!!Grizzles was trying to be Lob City and went away from getting it to Gasol. Ugly lost. LA bench was great tho whenever the team was down they always got them within 10.

  • fruizm

    Just watched the highlights…..Nick Young to the rescue!!

  • Rainman

    Not Gonna Lie… I turned the game off after they were down 27. I check NBA.com and it says “Clippers Rallying” and its a 1 point game. I flick it on in time to see chris paul hitting free throws, and K-Marts defence on Gay. Great rally

  • cru_thik305

    i leave to go to wendys and this is what i come back to see smh, this always happens

  • June

    Thank God for DVR.

  • Wet

    I started to change the channel, then noticed it was down to 15 points. I was like, if they can get it to 10 with 4 minutes left.. This might happen. They got it to 9 with just under 4 left… Nick Young hit some huge shots. Every time he caught the ball, he threw up and and started walking away. Insane 4th quarter.