TNT has been running these promos for their summer series The Hero, hosted by Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson non-stop throughout the playoffs. At approximately 1:31 a.m. ET, Chris Paul dribbled out the clock, drove to the basket and became the Clippers buzzer-beating hero while getting blacketed by Tony Allen. Well, it appeared to be a buzzer-beater until the officials reviewed the shot to determine whether Paul called "bank!" and found that there was actually 0.1 of a second remaining. The Grizzlies sulked back out from the locker room and were unable to come close to getting a tip-in near the basket. The shot gave the Clippers a 91-89 victory and put the Grizzlies in a 2-0 hole heading to Memphis for Game 3.
Paul 's 19 second half points and his game-winning bank shot overshadowed Mike Conley's 28 points and the beautiful pick-and-roll execution he and Gasol exhibited on the play prior.
Tony Allen was all over CP3 and Paul managed to find a centimeter. Unreal.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 23, 2013
I want to know what Cliff Paul is going to do to top that...? Tough shot.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 23, 2013
CP3 not only makes shot but also makes sure Memphis has no time which is almost as important. Amazing.— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 23, 2013
You can't double a great PG. “@sixfever: Memphis should've doubled him took the ball out of his hands great game tho”— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) April 23, 2013
Honestly enjoyed CP3's reaction more than the shot: The old Don't Celebrate And Act Like You Do This All The Time trick— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 23, 2013