Chris Paul's running jumper with a tenth of a second left gave the host Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Both teams stayed on the court while the referees reviewed the play. It was declared good, leaving Memphis a tick of the clock to inbound the ball but not enough to get off a final shot.
"Chris has done this his whole career, especially since he's been here the last couple of seasons," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I have incredible confidence in him at the end of games."
Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points, 24 in all, and added nine assists. Blake Griffin had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points.
Mike Conley scored a career-playoff-high 28 points while leading the Grizzlies' fourth-quarter charge that came up just short. He had 10 points in the period, and Darrell Arthur scored five straight to pull Memphis into an 89-all tie.
Conley found Marc Gasol alone in the paint and the big man dunked to tie the game 91-all with 13 seconds left.
Paul missed a 3-pointer but redeemed himself and set off a raucous reaction when he fought off Tony Allen's defense and banked in the game-winner.
Bulls 90, Nets 82: Chicago evened its playoff series the only way it knows how: with bruising Bulls defense. Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the Bulls beat host Brooklyn.
"He willed it again tonight, and we needed every bit of it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Noah. "To me, it's obvious we're a much better team with him on the floor."
Noah finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth. Nets star point guard Deron Williams was 1 of 9, finishing with eight points.
Suns: Phoenix parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history and third straight season of missing the playoffs under his stewardship. The Suns fired coach Alvin Gentry in January and finished 25-57.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.