MEMPHIS -- After losing Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round series on their home court, the Los Angeles Clippers didn't seem bothered by going on the road for Game 7 on Sunday.
The Clippers pulled out an 82-72 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies that sent them to the conference semifinals at San Antonio starting Tuesday.
The Clippers' bench jump-started a 12-2 spurt at the start of the fourth quarter that forced the frantic Grizzlies into increasingly terrible shot selection. Memphis shot an icy 32.5 percent from the field, and missed too many free throws in the stretch.
While the Clippers Chris Paul overcame a hip flexor injury and finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, Nick Young stole the show. He added 13 points off a bench that had a 41-11 scoring edge.
The Grizzlies, however, got little offense from anywhere. Rudy Gay and Gasol scored 19 and 18 points, respectively. Their best outside shooters -- O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley -- were a combined 3-of-24.
The Clippers also held a 46-44 advantage on the boards, largely because of the rebounding of reserves Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans, who grabbed 10 and 9 boards, respectively.
DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin did a good job of pushing Memphis front-line players off the low post. When either Gasol or Zach Randolph missed mid-range jumpers, one or the other wasn't home to offensive rebound. Randolph scored 19.
The Grizzlies offense struggled in the first quarter, but they only 16-13. The Clippers slowly gained momentum in the second period. Though they shot 36.6 percent in the opening half, they forged a 10-point lead at one point by attacking the rim and by crashing the offensive boards.
The Grizzlies dug their way back with defense in the last five minutes before halftime. They raked loose four second-quarter turnovers that led to some transition looks that pulled them within 39-38 at the half.