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Clippers' Blake Griffin gets a 'lucky bounce' with game-winning three-pointer vs. Phoenix [Video]

With the Clippers trailing the Phoenix Suns by two points, 120-118, and only one second remaining, Blake Griffin made a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Clippers their eighth consecutive win, 121-120.

Griffin didn't think the shot was going in.

"Right when I shot it, I thought it was flat, short, off, everything but I got a lucky bounce," he said. 

When he saw the ball go through the net, the power forward took off running.

"I was obviously excited," Griffin said. "The adrenaline was crazy."

Chris Paul ran after him, and jumped on his back.

"Usually when people hit those shots, you tackle them," Paul said. "I tried, you know, and he sort of took over. I actually had to tell him to let me go." 

Griffin finished with 45 points in 43 minutes, just two points short of his career high. He made 14 of his 24 shot attempts, including both of his three-point shots.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Griffin was "phenomenal," adding he wouldn't have been able to do what he did Monday just a short while ago.

"Two years ago, Blake didn't have the courage to take that shot," Rivers said. "Tonight he actually wanted it."

After the game, Griffin acknowledged that his coach's words were probably true.

"I don't know if I'd be in that position, or maybe have the confidence," Griffin said of the way he would have handled the situation in the past. 

Griffin's shot gave the Clippers their 10th win in 11 games. Paul, who has hit game-winners before, said that was one of the most thrilling plays he's been a part of.

"To tell you the truth, I was telling DJ in the locker room, I've hit a few or whatnot, but I don't think I've been as excited when I did it myself as when [Griffin] made this one tonight," Paul said. 

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