The first thing Blake Griffin did Monday was dunk.

That was the best game plan the Clippers could've had for Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series against Memphis.

Sounds simple? Yes, and that's the beauty of it. All it took was a dunk for Griffin to find his groove.

And the Clippers needed their leading scorer and dunk machine to find his rhythm early.

Griffin scored 21 points, and added eight rebounds, four assists and one block as the Clippers edged Memphis 93-91 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

"Blake was aggressive early and set the tone for us," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Chris (Paul) made the plays down the stretch."

Paul made the play down the stretch. With the ball in his hands, Paul made a move on Tony Allen and made the winner, an off-balance shot that went off the glass and in with 0.1 seconds left.

Griffin set the tone, and Paul finished it, by adding 24 points and huge shots down the stretch when Griffin was double-teamed.

"I just thought (Griffin) came out aggressive," Del Negro said. "He made a couple of tough shots. Just trying to attack as much as possible."

When he finds his way, then all of the Clippers find their way. Paul is so good at running the Clippers' offense, and Griffin so skilled at executing it.