Grizzlies bounce back with 108-94 win over Clippers

The Memphis Grizzlies (49-28) defeated the LA Clippers (41-37) 108-94 on Friday at FedExForum in the second matchup of a two-game series.

Desmond Bane scored 22 points and tied a career-high nine assists to lead the Grizzlies. Luke Kennard followed with 17 points and six rebounds off the bench, Xavier Tillman Sr. tallied 14 points and eight rebounds, and Santi Aldama registered 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench. 

Jaren Jackson Jr. blocked three shots to reach his 180 for the season, surpassing his own previous single-season franchise record of 177 set in 78 games last season.

Norman Powell led the Clippers with 16 points, while Ivica Zubac recorded his 25th double-double of the season behind 15 points and 15 rebounds. Eric Gordon and Kawhi Leonard combined for 25 points before both exited at the half. 

Russell Westbrook added 11 assists but was held to four points after scoring a season-high 36 points on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

After trailing 34-14 In the first quarter, the Grizzlies mounted a 28-4 run to take a 42-38 lead before halftime, punctuated by a David Roddy poster dunk over Zubac. 

Memphis led 55-51 at halftime and posted a 23-9 run in the third quarter to lead 86-72 heading into the final frame. The Grizzlies extended their lead to 22 points, their largest of the night, with 9:20 remaining.

The Grizzlies outscored the Clippers in points in the paint (60-44), fast break points (24-13) and second chance points (17-10).

Memphis will play four of their final five regular season games on the road and host their final regular season home game at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 4, against Portland. The Grizzlies, at 34-6, own the best home record in the NBA and have already clinched new single-season franchise records for home victories and home winning percentage.

The Grizzlies will travel to Chicago to play the Bulls at 2:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 2. Fans can tune in on Bally Sports Southeast or 92.9 FM ESPN.