Despite being down 24 points at one point, the Clippers rallied to slash the deficit to six points in the closing minutes. However, Memphis held their nerve to close out the game 92-80.
The Clippers still hold the edge in the series but worryingly for them, star point guard Chris Paul re-aggravated a right groin injury suffered late in the regular season. Paul showed signs of pain after crossing over Quincy Pondexter late in the fourth quarter. On the next possession, he appeared to land awkwardly again while battling for a defensive rebound with Zach Randolph.
CP3 tried to play on but left the game with 1:24 on the clock while the Clippers were still in the game.
Paul's running mate Blake Griffin also went down late in the third quarter following a drive to the rim. He came down hard on his left leg and immediately clutched his surgically repaired knee. Griffin stayed down for a while but eventually walked the pain off and remained in the game.
The dynamic duo has carried the Clippers so far this season and an injury to either would spell the end of their championship aspirations.