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Clippers comeback still reverberates

Chart-topping climbs

Sunday night, the Clippers won after trailing by 21 to start the fourth quarter, tying the biggest comeback in an NBA playoff game in the shot clock era:

Date Deficit Score Series, game
Sunday 21 Clippers 99, Grizzlies 98 First round, Game 1
5/25/02 21 Celtics 94, Nets 90 East final, Game 3
4/23/11 18 Blazers 84, Mavericks 82 First round, Game 4
5/11/94 18 Suns 124, Rockets 117 OT West semifinals, Game 2
4/22/73 16 Knicks 117, Celtics 110 East final, Game 4

Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Rally by the numbers

The fourth-quarter difference Sunday between the Clippers and Grizzlies:

Clippers Grizzlies
Points 35 13
Field goals 13-17 5-19
3-point FG 5-6 1-1
Rebounds 17 4

Source: ESPN.com

MEMPHIS — Chris Paul begged coach Vinny Del Negro to put him back into the game for the fourth quarter and not give up.

The result was one of the greatest rallies in NBA playoff history.

Paul hit two free throws with 23.7 seconds left, and the Clippers came from 27 down to stun the Grizzlies 99-98 late Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round West series.

"Unfortunately, that's how we play," he said. "We get killed in the first three quarters and in the fourth quarter we like to try to stand up for ourselves, and we found a way to win."

The Grizzlies saw a 24-point cushion vanish to end the game.

"It's still tough for me right now," Memphis forward Zach Randolph said Monday.

Even Los Angeles' Caron Butler enjoyed it despite breaking his left hand. He is out for about six weeks.

"It's deflating the whole city," he said of his team's win. "It was a concert when I came over and when I left, it ended early. I didn't hear no music. I didn't hear anything. Beale Street was kind of quiet, so it was something that affected everyone."

Clippers comeback still reverberates 04/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 11:05pm]
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