The Clippers didn't let a third chance to eliminate the Grizzlies slip away.

Reserve Nick Young scored nine points in the fourth quarter as the Clippers reached the Western Conference semifinals with an 82-72 win over host Memphis Sunday in Game 7.

"That's why it's seven games," said Kenyon Martin, who had seven points in the fourth. "If you don't do it before, you get another chance. We knew we let an opportunity get away."

It was only the third postseason series win for the Clippers in 41 years and their second since relocating to Los Angeles in 1984. They also avoided becoming the ninth NBA team to blow a 3-1 series lead. They'll play the top-seeded Spurs starting Tuesday night in San Antonio.

The Clippers wasted an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday night. So Martin huddled them at the start of the fourth quarter Sunday, and he led the bench in outscoring the Grizzlies 25-16. Chris Paul had the only basket by a Clippers starter in the final 12 minutes, and the Clippers' bench outscored Memphis' reserves 41-11.

"Our bench was our MVP," Clippers guard Randy Foye said. "They realized what they had to do. We had a lot of guys hurt, so we just continued to grind."

Paul had 19 points despite a strained right hip flexor. He was so confident that on Saturday, he bought plane tickets to San Antonio for his wife and son. "I felt like we should have won earlier," Paul said. "But it doesn't matter. As long as you win, I think it is a step in the right direction for our franchise.''

Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each had 19 points for Memphis, which lost a Game 7 at Oklahoma City last year in the second round. The Grizzlies shot 32.5 percent, their worst percentage of the series.

Heat 95, Pacers 86: LeBron James got his trophy, then he and Dwyane Wade made sure the host Heat got the win in Game 1 of its Eastern Conference semifinal series.

James had 32 points and 15 rebounds in his first game as a three-time MVP, and Wade scored 29 despite shooting only 8-for-23. Chris Bosh had 13 points before leaving late in the first half with a lower abdominal injury and did not return. The team said he was scheduled for an MRI.

"It's unfortunate Chris went down,'' Wade said. "But we told him, 'Be healthy. We got 'em.' ''

The Heat outscored Indiana 25-16 in the fourth, with Wade and James getting 22 points. The duo outscored Indiana 42-38 in the second half. -- AP

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