Final: Grizzlies 87, Clippers 91
April 13, 2013
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Marc Gasol had a near triple-double but the Grizzlies fell at home to the Clippers, losing 91-87 Saturday at the FedExForum. Gasol had 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists while Zach Randolph added 16 points and 12 boards in a match-up that might be a Western Conference first-round preview. Photos.
- The Clippers snapped the Grizzlies’ 13-game home winning streak… Memphis had not lost a home game since Feb. 5 vs. Phoenix.
- Memphis will look to set a franchise record for home wins in a single season in the season finale on April 17 vs. Utah… The Grizzlies have won 31 games at FedExForum, tied with the 2003-04 Grizzlies, who finished 31-10 at home.
- Los Angeles ended the series with Memphis 3-1, winning the series for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
- With the loss, the Grizzlies fell to fifth in the Western Conference standings, with the Clippers earning the tiebreaker for fourth place.
- The Clippers recorded nine steals, including five in the first 14 minutes of the games… Los Angeles entered the game leading the league in steals per game, averaging 9.6 per contest.
- Los Angeles scored 17 points of Memphis’ 11 turnovers while limiting the Grizzlies to just nine points of the team’s eight miscues.
- The Clippers’ reserves outscored the Grizzlies’ bench 40-21, led by Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe with nine points each… Entering tonight’s game, Los Angeles’ bench was ranked fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 40.1 points per game.
- Memphis lost a home sellout for the first time this season (5-1).
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On the final plays of the game:
“We were just trying to post up Z-Bo (Zach Randolph). Blake Griffin came on the bottom side and the ball got deflected and they stole it. We were just going to try to score. We were going to get the hand back, and just try to score. DeAndre (Jordan) made a nice block.”
On the loss:
“They earned the game. They played better than us. They had less lulls than us. We had a nice little thing going towards the end of the third to the beginning of the fourth. Then, I subbed again and we weren’t able to maintain. We only scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.”
On the Clippers’ scoring run:
“They went small. They had (Jamal) Crawford,; they had (Eric) Bledsoe, and they had Chris Paul. We went inside and Zach (Randolph) got his shot blocked once and then he missed a jumper. I can’t remember the third play, but they had three run-outs and Bledsoe made the one layup. He missed one, got it back and then got fouled on the next one. It’s just effort. There’s times when we had mental lapses defensively, leaving the wrong guy and going to give a three-pointer to Grant Hill. There were just little things that cause you to lose games.”
On how he feels the Grizzlies match up with the Clippers:
“It’s not a matter of like or dislike, you just have to go out and scrap. It’s a dogfight every game. They’re a very competitive team. We’re a very competitive team. As bad as we played in the first half, we were still tied going into halftime. You just have to go in there and compete. That’s what it’s going to be whatever happens in the future, whether it’s them in the playoffs or someone else. You just have to go out and compete. There are no matchups that you like or don’t like you just go play. It’s going to be the team that wills themselves with effort and second effort. Tonight, it was the rebounding. They hurt us on the offensive glass, especially in the first half.”
On the game:
“Tonight I felt like we needed to win. I felt like we did a good job for the most part, but at the end we stopped executing. They’d go on runs and they made us pay.”
On the physical play:
“That’s just how it’s going to be. We embrace that, we love that, and we don’t go away. We’re not going to step back. Especially me and Zach (Randolph), we won’t go away.”
On the playoff atmosphere:
“Every time the FedExForum looks like that it’s great. It really does help us. It just puts you in a different zone. I wish it looked like that for 41 games during the regular season and I’m sure the playoffs are going to be unbelievable like its always been. For the past three years, its always been great to be here. It’s something that you can’t wait to play at home in the playoffs.”