Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul finished with 15 points and eight
assists and the Los Angeles Clippers used a balanced scoring attack to down
the familiar Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81, on Thursday.
Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison added 15 points apiece off the bench for
the Clippers, who outscored the Grizzlies in the second half by a healthy
61-39 margin to win going away.
DeAndre Jordan posted 10 points and 14 rebounds while Blake Griffin chipped in
with 14 points, nine boards and five assists as Los Angeles snapped a two-game
skid and helped Doc Rivers earn his 600th career victory as a coach.
"We were getting frustrated (in the first half)," Rivers said. "When we
started making shots the game broke our way."
Zach Randolph returned to Memphis' lineup after missing two games with a toe
injury and recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds but was
limited to 4-of-13 shooting.
Kosta Koufos totaled 17 points and nine rebounds while Mike Conley netted 16
points for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-2 on their six-game homestand.
The largest lead for either team in the first half was eight, and Koufos'
three-point play just before the break gave Memphis a slim 42-40 lead.
The Clippers took control with a 17-2 run over a six-minute stretch in the
third. Paul and Jared Dudley each hit from long range during the surge and
Crawford put in a deep jumper for a 61-49 cushion with under two minutes
remaining in the frame.
"When they started hitting shots, I think we just dropped our heads," Randolph
Memphis shot just 3-for-17 from the field in an 11-point showing in the third.
Six straight points by Koufos brought the Grizzlies within 64-57 early in the
fourth, but a jumper by Collison and two more from Crawford pushed the margin
back to double digits.
Another runner from Collison with 7:05 to play made it a 20-point game, and
Los Angeles cruised from there.
Rivers became the 23rd coach to reach the 600-win plateau ... Memphis shot
just 38 percent from the field and 3-of-13 from three-point range ... This was
the 22nd time these teams have played each other since Jan. 26, 2012, a
stretch that includes 13 first-round playoff games ... Los Angeles continues
its seven-game road trip in Cleveland on Saturday.
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