LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul hit the game-winning shot on Monday night to seal a 93-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of their playoff series.
The win gives the Clippers a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series and they will now head to Memphis for the next two games.
Paul's running bank shot past Grizzlies guard Tony Allen as time expired was enough to steal a closely contested match-up in a series many expect to go to seven.
Paul told ESPN: "Tony played as good [a] defence as you can. I looked up at the clock and thought I better get a shot off."
The referees reviewed the play, declared it good, and set the clock back to 0.1 seconds. But the Grizzlies barely had time to inbound the ball, as the Clippers celebrated a vital win.
The former-New Orleans point guard finished the match with 24 points and nine assists, and the undisputed leader of the team was superb throughout.
Blake Griffin chipped in with 21 points and eight rebounds while Jamal Crawford showed just why he was such a strong candidate for the Sixth Man award with 15 points from the bench.
The New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith beat Crawford to the Sixth Man award earlier on Monday.
For the Grizzlies, the main man was Mike Conley. He scored a playoff career-high 28 points - including 10 in the last quarter - to haul his side back into the game late on.
But Paul got the better of Allen when it mattered, something the Grizzlies defender admitted after the game.
"I was supposed to send him back to the left," Allen said. "He got right, and that's what he does in close games. I definitely let my team down by not sending him back to his weak hand."
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms