Chris Paul had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Blake Griffin added 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers thumped the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 107-92 in Game 1 of a Western Conference opening-round series Sunday night.
The Clippers took charge from the outset, outscoring the Spurs 30-18 in the first quarter. They shot 51.3 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent from three-point range, and held the Spurs to 36.6 percent.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points, and Tim Duncan had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Memphis 100, Portland 86: Beno Udrih is doing his best to make sure the Grizzlies can ease Mike Conley and Tony Allen back into the lineup from their injuries.
Udrih scored 20 points in the best playoff game of his career, and host Memphis never trailed in routing the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series.
"Beno gets the game ball," Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. "With Mike being out, helps him get his confidence up and playing."
Udrih hit his first six shots coming off the bench late in the first quarter, and he allowed Conley to sit the entire fourth quarter in his first game back after missing four because of a sprained right foot. In his 44th career playoff game, Udrih finished with seven assists and seven rebounds — the first reserve to do that in the postseason since Nick Van Exel in May 10, 2003, for Dallas at Sacramento.
Portland coach Terry Stotts called Udrih the "X-factor."
"He did a little bit of everything," Stotts said. "He's an NBA player. He's been here a long time, and he's effective."
Udrih said he knew Conley has had some problems with his foot and credited Kosta Koufos with setting good screens.
"I was wide open," Udrih said. "Shots like that I've got to take. I knocked it down and then two more times I came out of the screen and knocked them down again. I was just being aggressive."
Randolph had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 16 points and didn't play the fourth quarter.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 32 points while taking more shots than anyone had ever taken against Memphis in the postseason, going 13 of 34. Damian Lillard added 14 points, shooting five of 21 overall and zero of six beyond the arc. Nicolas Batum had 15 points. The Trail Blazers have lost five consecutive overall.
"I think it was a good wakeup call for us," Aldridge said. "But definitely tonight, they manhandled us."
Atlanta 99, Brooklyn 92: Banged up and bruised, the Atlanta Hawks survived their first test as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Leading nearly the entire game but struggling to put the No. 8 seed away, the host Hawks got 21 points from Kyle Korver and shook off another injury to beat the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series.
All-Star center Al Horford dislocated his right pinkie finger going for a rebound early in the fourth quarter. X-rays were negative and he finished the game with his shooting hand heavily taped, giving Atlanta another concern on top of forward Paul Millsap, who looked out of sorts after missing five games late in the season because of a sprained right shoulder. He managed only six points on 2-for-11 shooting.
"It's going to be tough to just blow teams out," Millsap said. "It's the playoffs. You expect them to hang in there and fight hard."
The Hawks led for all but the first 39 seconds and pushed the margin as high as 16 points, but the Nets kept coming back.
Korver hit five three-pointers, the last of them with just over three minutes remaining after the Nets cut it to 88-83. Brooklyn got as close as 93-89 before Jeff Teague banked in a floater coming off the left wing with 1:19 to go.
•Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans said an MRI on his left knee showed a deep bone bruise and he is questionable for Monday's Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against Golden State. The Warriors lead the series 1-0.
•Toronto General Manager Masai Ujiri was fined $35,000 and the team docked $25,000 by the NBA for his expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors' playoff opener outside the Air Canada Centre in an area dubbed Jurassic Park.