Notebook: Grizzlies 94, Clippers 82



Posted Apr 26, 2013 1:44 AM

Marlon W. Morgan, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: With the scene shifting back to Memphis for Game 3, the Grizzlies got back to doing what they do best -- pounding the ball inside to their big men and playing outstanding defense. The result led to their first playoff win the season as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 94-82, Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,119 at FedExForum. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 43 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies, who now trail the Clippers 2-1 in the series. The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin's 16 points.

QUOTABLE: "We have the best bigs in the league. They are really great. Marc is one of the best centers in my eyes. Zach has brilliant plays. He's like the best power forward in the league. When you have those two guys doing what they do, it's hard to stop us."
-- Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter

THE STAT: The Grizzlies 45-33 edge on the boards is what prevented the Clippers from getting out and running and playing the fast pace they are accustomed to. It also helped the Grizzlies on their offense end as they hauled in 17 offensive boards that led to a 22-4 edge in second-chance points. Randolph was the biggest culprit with six of his game-high 11 boards coming on the offensive glass.

TURNING POINT: The Clippers were down just 78-71 with 7:07 left in the game before the Grizzlies went on an 11-4 run that pushed their lead to 89-75. During the run, the Clippers went more than five minutes without a field goal.

HOT: Randolph averaged just 13 points in the first two games in L.A. But on his home court, the All-Star forward let it be known early that this was his game. Randolph scored 13 points in the opening quarter and had 18 at the half. He finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds as he dominated his matchup with Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin, who had 16 points, but only six after the first quarter, and just two boards.

NOT: It was an off-night for Game 2 hero Chris Paul. The Clippers after scoring 24 points, including the game-winning shot, to go with nine assists, on Monday, Paul was held to just eight points and four assists Thursday night. Paul was 4-for-11 from the floor and all of his assists came in the second half. He also committed five turnovers

QUOTABLE II: "It's hard to run if you don't have the ball. It is hard to play with any type of tempo if you don't have the ball. So rebounds, we turned the ball over too much, we ran the clock too much, and that is what's going to happen. The tempo of the game and the second chance points with their rebounds was the difference."
-- Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro

NOTABLE: Prior to the game, Gasol received his trophy for being named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He is the first Grizzly player to receive the honor. Gasol was handed the trophy by four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo. ... The Clippers have had a decisive edge in bench scoring in the first two games of the series. But on Thursday night, the Grizzlies bench more then held their own. In fact, it wasn't until the Clippers took out their starter late and Lamar Odom his a couple of 3-pointers that the Clippers bench edged out the Grizzlies bench, 35-30. Quincy Pondexter was the hero off the bench for the Grizzlies with 13 points. He also played good defense in guarding both Paul and Jamal Crawford. ... The Clippers committed 16 turnovers, five by Paul, while the Grizzlies had just 10 miscues. ... While Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley scored just six points on 1-for-9 shooting, he managed to dish out 10 assists, grab six rebounds and pick up three steals. ... Memphis guard Tony Allen, not known for his offense, followed up his 16-point, 10-rebound effort in Game 2 with a 13-point, nine-rebound game Thursday, which included making a rare 3-pointer. Allen also had a game-high four steals. ... After scoring 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first quarter, Griffin scored just six points on 1 of 6 shooting the rest of the game. ... Clippers guard Jamal Crawford was off the entire night, missing seven of his 10 shots to finish with 10 points. ... Neither team shot the ball well as they both finished at 38.8 percent from the floor. The Clippers were 26-for-67 while the Grizzlies finished at 31-for-80

UP NEXT: Game 4 is at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Memphis.