Williams Leads Grizzlies Past Clippers
Posted Jul 17 2009 12:33AM
LAS VEGAS, July 16 - Marcus Wiliams' 22 points led the Memphis Grizzlies as the team defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 85-68 in the night cap at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Williams' outing was complimented by 16 points from teammate DeMarre Carroll.
Blake Griffin scored a team-high 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, but scored only 5 in the second half. Nik Caner-Medley finished with 15 points for the Clippers.
Clipper Nik Caner-Medley scored seven of his team's first eight points as Los Angeles jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Memphis didn't score their first points until Marcus Williams went to the stripe with 5:39 remaining in the period. The team netted its first field goal with just over three minutes to play in the period. The Grizzlies, shooting only 21 percent from the field, took the lead, though, going ahead of the Clippers 14-12 before Griffin flew into the lane for a put-back jam as time expired in the first. The teams were knotted at 14 at the end of one.
The defensive battle continued in the second quarter, with the Grizzlies scoring 18 points and the Clippers putting only 16 on the board. The Grizzlies led through most of the quarter, but Griffin made his presence felt in the final minute of the first half. Point guard Mike Taylor found Griffin on consecutive possessions for back-to-back Griffin dunks, to bring the Clippers within one, 30-29. Griffin recorded a first-half double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Led by Williams' nine-point first half, Memphis owned a two-point lead, 32-30, going into the break.
Memphis silenced Griffin in the third, though - he scored only one point during the period while Carroll finished with an eight-point quarter for the Grizzlies. Memphis parlayed their defense into offense, outscoring the Clippers 26-18 in the third quarter and ended the period up 10, 58-48.