SAN ANTONIO — The Los Angeles Clippers answered their worst loss in playoff history with one of their most uplifting victories.

Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Sunday to even their first-round series at two games apiece.

The Clippers, who bounced back from a 100-73 loss in Game 3, host Game 5 on Tuesday. This is the only first-round series that is tied after four games.

Los Angeles Coach Doc Rivers said the team’s “spirit” was broken during that lopsided loss, but he didn’t coddle his players during a two-hour film session Saturday.

“Doc pretty much went at all of us,” Paul said.

“He told us about ourselves and he told us what we didn’t do. He told us that when it comes to the playoffs, it is the players’ time.”

The Clippers responded by shooting 54 percent from the field after being held to 34 percent Friday.

J.J. Redick scored 17 points for Los Angeles and Austin Rivers provided an unexpected boost off the bench with a postseason career-high 16 points.

WIZARDS 125, RAPTORS 94: The Wizards emphatically completed the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history, getting 23 points from Bradley Beal and 21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin Gortat to beat Toronto in Washington.

Paul Pierce, who repeatedly said he didn’t want to have to go back through U.S. Customs for any more games in Canada, added 14 points.

MAVERICKS 121, ROCKETS 109: Monta Ellis scored 31 points, J.J. Barea had 17 points and 13 assists in his first playoff start since boosting Dallas’ run to the 2011 championship, and the Mavericks avoided elimination with a victory at home over Houston.

Dallas cut Houston’s lead to 3-1 in the first-round series. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Houston.


GRIZZLIES: Memphis guard Mike Conley will not play Monday night in Game 4 of the Grizzlies’ playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a facial injury.

Conley left Game 3 in the third quarter after he appeared to be caught inadvertently by Portland’s CJ McCollum’s elbow while going after the ball.