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Chris Paul leads Clippers past Grizzlies in OT; Spurs sweep Jazz

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Chris Paul scored eight of his 27 points in overtime and Los Angeles moved to the brink of its second playoff series victory in 36 years by taking a 3-1 series lead.

Blake Griffin had 30 points and seven assists before fouling out with 2:26 left in overtime for the Clippers, who blew a 10-point lead in the final 4½ minutes of regulation.

Mike Conley scored a career playoff-high 25 points and Rudy Gay had 23 on 8-of-25 shooting for the Grizzlies.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Memphis, with Game 6 back at Staples Center on Friday if necessary.

After Paul hit consecutive jumpers in the final 1:16, Conley's layup with 8.1 seconds left trimmed the Clippers' lead back to two points. But Mo Williams added two free throws with 7.2 seconds left, and Gay missed a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Caron Butler, playing with a broken bone in his left hand, scored 14 points for the Clippers.'s Ken Berger says the Paul's performance was vintage CP3.

"He didn't blink when it was time to embrace this challenge -- transforming the NBA's purgatory into a legitimate, functioning basketball team -- and he didn't blink Monday night," Berger writes.


Manu Ginobili scored 17 points to lead San Antonio to an 87-81 victory over Utah on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.

Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first three games. After Utah pulled within 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third, he hit consecutive 3-pointers then added another as the Spurs regained control, taking a 76-58 lead early in the fourth.

The Jazz went scoreless for more than 8 minutes during a 15-0 Spurs run and trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter. Utah made a furious charge late and was within 83-79 on Al Jefferson's putback with 49 seconds left. But Ginobili's layup after a steal by Tony Parker sealed it.

Top-seeded San Antonio advanced to the second round and awaits the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series.

The Spurs are on a 14-game winning streak. The Jazz have lost eight straight playoff games.

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