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Clippers Up 2, Bulls Even Series – NBA Roundup For April 23rd

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Two - Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers – Game Two – Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are heading to Memphis after grabbing a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Western Conference quarterfinals.

Chris Paul hit a floater with 0.1 seconds left to give the Clippers a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies. Paul scored the last eight Clippers points and finished with team highs of 24 points and nine assists.

Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Marc Gasol’s dunk tied the game at 91 with 13.9 seconds left before Paul allowed the Clippers to retain home-court advantage.

Mike Conley had 28 points and nine assists for Memphis, which hosts Game 3 on Thursday.

The Chicago Bulls have evened their NBA first-round series at a game apiece by becoming the first road team to win this postseason.

Luol Deng (LOO’-ul dehng) had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Nets 90-82 in Brooklyn. Carlos Boozer finished with 13 points and 12 boards for the Bulls, who saw a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead trimmed to 80-76 with 4:12 remaining before holding the Nets to two baskets the rest of the way.

Joakim (JOH’-kihm) Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets and finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nets hit just two field goals in the third period and shot 35 percent for the game. Brook Lopez had a game-high 21 points for Brooklyn, but Deron Williams finished with just eight on 1-of-9 shooting.

Game 3 is Thursday in Chicago.

UNDATED (AP) — It was a rewarding day for Knicks guard J.R. Smith, a painful one for Hawks forward Josh Smith and a bitter one for Suns general manager Lance Blanks.

J.R. Smith is the winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, receiving 72 first-place votes and 484 points in the balloting of sports reporters. The eight-year veteran averaged 18.1 points in 80 games off the bench.

Jamal Crawford of the Clippers was second in the voting with 352 points and 31 first place nods.

Josh Smith missed Monday’s practice because of a sprained right ankle. Smith received treatment on the ankle, and the team is hopeful he will be able to go in Game 2 against Indiana on Wednesday.

Coach Larry Drew says Smith sustained the injury late in Game 1 while scoring 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Atlanta’s 107-90 defeat.

Blanks is out after three seasons as GM of Phoenix. The Suns finished 25-57 this season, the second-worst record in franchise history behind the 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.

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