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Chris Paul game-winner: Clippers PG puts stamp on big 2nd half (Video)

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Chris Paul is playing a man’s game.

The Clippers’ dynamic point guard went into hero mode on Monday night in Game 2 of the opening round of the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies and showed up in as big a way possible, hitting the game-winner and vaulting the Clips to a commanding 2-0 series lead. Paul finished with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, adding nine assists and four rebounds and a steal. 

Mike Conley, managed to go stride-for-stride with Paul and give the Clippers fits all night long. He led all scorers with 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting and had nine assists to go along with two steals. But in the end, it was Paul and his intangible leadership ability that allowed him to take over the game with the world watching. He overcame outstanding defense to hit an improbable shot and will his team to win. 

That’s what leaders do. 

He was just 1-of-5 in the first half before turning his game around and shooting 8-of-12 in the final two frames to total 19 points over that stretch. All Memphis could do was watch as they saw their playoff lives go on life support after the late-game heroics. In the end, however, the Clippers have only done what they’re supposed to do and win two games at home. This Grizzlies squad will come back for two games on their home floor ready to give L.A. fits on both ends. 

This series somehow just got more interesting. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a look at the game-winner: 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.