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NBA: Paul and Clippers halt Grizzlies' streak

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Chris Paul sank one of two free throws with 18 seconds left as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped the Memphis Grizzlies' 13-game home win streak with a 91-87 NBA victory on Saturday.

Paul finished with 13 points and five assists, while DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles who have won five straight contests.

Blake Griffin chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers in the win.

Marc Gasol had a game-high 18 points and 15 boards and Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost their first game at home since February 5 against Phoenix.

Memphis are in fifth spot in the Western Conference, one position back of the Clippers.

Paul put the Clippers ahead 89-87 late in the fourth. After Los Angeles forced a turnover on a pass from Memphis' Mike Conley, Griffin went to the free throw line to try and extend the lead, but he missed both shots.

But Griffin was fouled on a clear path violation, giving the ball back to the Clippers. Jamal Crawford then made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to ice the victory.

With the win, the Clippers took the season series 3-1 and are looking to earn home-court advantage, even though they currently share the same record with Memphis with two games left in the 2012-13 season.

The Clippers are now one-half game behind the Denver Nuggets for the third seed in the Western Conference.

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