Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/8/12
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LOS ANGELES--Prior to the beginning of the Clippers-Grizzlies playoff matchup, no one was talking about the possibility of it being the best first round series played, or that Chris Paul may be stepping into a pantheon reserved for just a few NBA stars. Turns out everyone should have been shouting about it. Los Angeles once again showed a resolve not always apparent during the regular season. shaking off a lackluster second half and overtime foul problems from Blake Griffin to beat Memphis 101-97. The Clippers own a 3-1 lead as the series heads back to Tennessee for Game Six, a potential clincher for Griffin, Chris Paul and their mates. Paulwho nearly had a triple-double with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists--scored 8 of his team's 12 overtime points. He was seemingly oblivious to the Grizzlies' pressure defense and showed why many feel he's supplanted the Lakers' Kobe Bryant at the premier game-closer in the NBA. "I feel we do have the best closer in Chris," said Clipper...
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