Grizzlies at Clippers - Jan. 26, 2012
Key Run of the Night
The Grizzlies battled back from a 16-point deficit during the first quarter to even things up. The teams combined for 18 lead changes over the next two quarters before Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunked a missed bank shot by Paul with one second left in third, giving the Clippers the lead for good, 74-72.
Memphis forward Rudy Gay sparked the 15-0 run that got the Grizzlies back in the game in the first half, swishing a 49-foot heave at the first-quarter buzzer.
Rudy Gay scored 24 points to lead the way but the Grizzlies lost 98-91 to the Clippers in L.A. on Thursday night. Marc Gasol scored 18 and added 11 rebounds while O.J. Mayo had 14 points. Memphis is in action again on Sunday in Phoenix.
Mike Conley came in leading the league in agames with six-plus assists and multiple steals. He now has 13 after recording seven assists and four steals.
The Grizzlies also debuted their Hardwood Classic ABA Memphis Tams uniform. Purchase a Memphis Tams ABA jersey now.
On loss to the Clippers
“We couldn’t get any stops down the stretch. We were within three and every time they came back down, they got it back to five. We never got a stop where we could get a chance to take the lead. Our perimeter people did not shoot the ball very well. We played hard, but the Clippers hung in there and made all the plays they needed to make to win this game.”
On addition of Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups
“Chris Paul is a great point guard. He’s going to go down as being one of the greatest point guards. They can talk all that talk about Blake Griffin being the MVP, but if you take Chris Paul off of this team and Chauncey Billups off of this team and they might not have as many wins as they have this season. That’s no knock on Blake Griffin. It’s just that getting those two guys solidified their team as becoming a great contender.”
On Marc Gasol’s Development
“Marc Gasol has played well all season long. Since he has come back as a player, he has really stepped up his role as a leader. He’s looking to be more aggressive to score. He’s just coming into his own of becoming a very good player.”
On Playing without Zach Randolph
“Without Zach Randolph, obviously we’re not leading the League in offensive rebounds, nor points in the paint, but our defense has still been holding pretty steady. One play here and one play there we might have been able to turn the tide.”
On the play of Blake Griffin
“They muscled us at the end. We have to be a tougher team down the stretch. Blake Griffin had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Blake Griffin is Blake Griffin. We have to be more alert to him and cut off his excitement with all the lob dunks and make him earn his points."