Memphis 108, L.A. Clippers 107 (OT)
Grizzlies Escape L.A. With Overtime Win
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (Ticker) -- Shane Battier
hit the go-ahead jumper
with 15 seconds left in overtime as the Memphis Grizzlies
snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 108-107 victory
over the Los Angeles Clippers.
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The Clippers had a chance to tie, but Corey Maggette
layup with three seconds remaining and Memphis ran out the
"I feel bad losing the game, the ball toying with me going in
and out," Maggette said. "That's how the game is, either you
make 'em or you miss 'em. All I can try to do next time is try
to make it."
led Memphis with 24 points, scoring 20 in the
first half. Pau Gasol
added 18 and James Posey
17 in the
Grizzlies' first road win since December 3 at New Jersey. They
also ended a five-game road losing streak against the Clippers.
"Because we're so young, we never even talk about streaks,"
Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown
said. "All we talk about is the
next game. For us, we needed this."
"We're trying hard to get a win on the road, especially in the
West," Gasol added. "We've got to fight and get some more wins
on the road if we want to get somewhere."
led Los Angeles with a season-high 23 points and
Maggette finished with 21 in his first game since serving a
two-game suspension for fighting. Elton Brand
added 17 points
and 12 rebounds in the opener of the Clippers' three-game
"I like that we didn't give up in the game," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy
said. "We were down by 10 points in the second half
and the guys really played hard in the fourth quarter and did
the things that we needed to do so we would have the opportunity
"It's disappointing when you lose like that, especially when
you're playing against a team with (basically) the same record,"
Jaric said. "We played well down the stretch."
The Clippers closed with a 12-2 run in the final 2:15 of
regulation to forge a 100-100 tie. Jaric had the final two
baskets during the spurt and Gasol missed a driving layup at the
Los Angeles guard Quentin Richardson
sat out the second half
with a sprained ligament in his right hand after 15 scoreless
minutes and is listed as day-to-day. Bobby Simmons
much of the playing time in his absence and scored 16 points.
"I think overall we played a good game," Simmons said. "We
turned up the defense and forced them to throw the ball away."
The Grizzlies should have been playing the fourth game of a
five-game road trip but were playing just their second due
weather problems in the Pacific Northwest. The win moved them
back to .500 (18-18) for the first time since December 27.
Jaric's three-pointer 30 seconds into overtime put the Clippers
ahead, 103-100. Maggette made two free throws with 1:13
remaining to give Los Angeles its final lead, 107-106.
"When we got to the overtime, we got everybody together and
realized we still wanted to win the game, " Gasol said. "Chris Kaman
was left open in the paint on Los Angeles' final play, but
Jaric apparently did not see him and gave the ball to Maggette
Memphis shot 53 percent (42-of-79) and outscored Los Angeles in
the paint, 60-48. The Grizzlies had not won a road game against
the Clippers since November 2, 2000.