Notebook: Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83

Posted Apr 27, 2013 8:52 PM

Jason Smith, for

THE FACTS: Four games into the series, it's dead even between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies' big men dominated the Clippers inside for a second straight game Saturday as Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 24 points apiece to lead Memphis to a 104-83 Game 4 victory that tied the series at 2-2. The Clippers got 19 apiece from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but were held to just 33 percent shooting in a second half that saw them outscored 58-36 before a sellout crowd of 18,119 at FedExForum. Memphis also got 15 apiece from starters Tayshaun Prince and Mike Conley in its highest-scoring offensive performance of the series.

QUOTABLE: "It's tough. We definitely had the game to win, down four going into the fourth quarter on the road. To lose like that is tough. I didn't want to come back here (to Memphis) by any means. Now, we have to. It is what it is. You move on and get ready to play Game 5."
-- Paul on the Clippers being outscored 33-16 in the fourth quarter.

THE STAT: Memphis scored 22 points off second-chance opportunities to the Clippers' two points. Griffin was the only Clippers player to pull down more than three rebounds (he had 10) Saturday as the Grizzlies pounded Los Angeles 45-28 on the glass. Over the last two games, both of which were Grizzlies wins, Memphis has outscored the Clippers by a combined 44-6 margin in second-chance points.

TURNING POINT: Memphis turned a close game going into the fourth quarter into a blowout with a 19-5 scoring run over the first 6:29 of the final period. The Clippers connected on just 6-of-20 shot attempts in the fourth quarter while Memphis' 33 fourth-quarter points tied its first-quarter output as the highest-scoring quarters by either team in the series.

HOT: Prince scored just 10 points in the series' first three games combined, but broke out of his postseason shooting slump by going 7-of-12 from the field for 15 points. He scored seven of the Grizzlies' first 11 points Saturday, helping Memphis build a 33-25 lead after a quarter.

NOT: Paul (19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, six assists) bounced back from one of the worst playoff performances of his career in Game 3, but was one of just two Clippers starters to finish in double figures. Fellow starters Caron Butler, DeAndre Jordan and Chauncey Billups combined to score just two points between them on 1-of-13 shooting.

QUOTABLE II: "They manhandled us. If you're going to get beat by a team that's more talented, that's understandable. But to be punked, there's no excuse for that, and that's what's happening right now. Those are two big, talented big guys they got, and we've gotta do a better job of helping our bigs get them off the glass. If our bigs box them out, we gotta come in as guards and rebound, including myself. The series is going to be determined on the glass, and they've gotten the best of us the last two times."
-- Clippers reserve Matt Barnes (six points, two rebounds).

NOTABLE: Memphis' starting five outscored the Clippers' entire squad, 88-83, as each of the Grizzlies' starters finished in double figures. ... Memphis shot 50.6 percent for the game, its highest shooting percentage of the series. The Grizzlies had shot just 38.8 percent in their Game 3 win in Memphis. ... The 21-point win set a Grizzlies postseason franchise record for largest margin of victory. The previous record was 18 points in a Game 4 victory against San Antonio in 2011. ... Memphis improved to 24-1 this season when scoring 100 or more points. ... Griffin's 19 points and 10 rebounds marked his first double-double this postseason. ... Conley has registered 23 assists against just two turnovers over the last two games.

UP NEXT: Game 5 is at 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center.