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Chris Paul hits from near midcourt to close out a high-powered first half

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Chris Paul #3 and Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers walk onto the floor after a time out against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 113-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Western Conference Semifinals series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder looks to be not just the most competitive of the second round, but also the most entertaining. Both teams have wildly exciting players, and there have been a number of massively exciting plays already.

Chris Paul closed out the first half of Game 3 at Staples Center with one of the best of the series so far. With four seconds left in the first half and the shot clock running down, the All-Star point guard rose up for a very long three-pointer from the "C" in the Clippers logo at halfcourt. He sank it to give the Clippers a 63-61 lead heading into the halftime break.

With several seconds on the shot clock, it's not quite clear why Paul decided to pull up from so far out. Of course, that kind of creativity and risk-taking is what makes the NBA so great on a daily basis.

As noted by Tom Ziller of SB Nation on Twitter, this shot pulled the Clippers even with the Washington Wizards' final points total for their entire Game 3 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the first game of Friday night's playoff doubleheader. Sometimes, even in the postseason, basketball teams can look like they're playing totally different sports.

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