Memphis 92, L.A. Clippers 80

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 9:30 PM
Location - FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Officials - #48 Scott Foster, #22 Bill Spooner, #59 Gary Zielinski
Attendance - 18119

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
L.A. Clippers 22 20 23 15 80
Memphis 36 21 20 15 92

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
L.A. Clippers 40-26 24-9 16-17 L1
Memphis 41-25 26-7 15-18 W1

Recap


GRIZZLIES 92, CLIPPERS 80: Marc Gasol scored 21 points and host Memphis staved off elimination after withstanding another furious comeback by Los Angeles.

Zach Randolph added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies opened a 24-point third-quarter lead and held off the Clippers to cut the series deficit to 3-2.

Game 6 will be played Friday night in Los Angeles.

The Clippers may have lost more than just a game. All-Star point guard Chris Paul sustained a strained groin and sat out the final 84 seconds and Blake Griffin hyperextended his left knee, although he remained in the game.

Mo Williams had 20 points and Paul scored 19 for Los Angeles, which used a 24-6 run to cut a 24-point deficit to 81-75 midway through the fourth quarter, conjuring up memories of Game 1, when the Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead.

Mike Conley and Rudy Gay hit back-to-back baskets to push the lead back to 10 and Los Angeles could get no closer than six points with just under a minute left.

Griffin had his first playoff double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but had a scary moment when he was fouled by Gasol on a drive to the basket and came up clutching his left knee late in the third quarter.

Memphis seemingly had blown the game open, ripping off 10 straight points to boost the lead to 75-51 with 3:01 left in the third quarter. Paul brought the Clippers back by scoring 10 points in a 14-2 run to close the quarter, cutting the deficit to 77-65 entering the fourth.

Memphis rode a combined 27 points from Randolph and Gasol to power its way to a 36-22 first-quarter lead and led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: The Grizzlies have won 13 of their last 14 games at FedEx Center. The only loss was Game 1 against the Clippers, in which they unraveled after leading by 24 in the fourth quarter. ... Los Angeles was slapped with five technical fouls - four in the third quarter - and has 12 for the series. ... Only eight teams in NBA history that have rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game series. The last to accomplish it was the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006. ... Gasol had averaged only nine points in the three previous games and attempted a combined nine shots in the two losses in Los Angeles.

Top Game Performances

L.A. Clippers   Memphis
Mo Williams 20 Scoring Marc Gasol 23
Chris Paul 4 Assists Mike Conley 6
Blake Griffin 11 Rebounds Zach Randolph 10
Chris Paul 8 Free Throws Made Marc Gasol 7
Chris Paul 4 Steals Tony Allen 2
DeAndre Jordan 2 Blocks Tony Allen 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Clippers 80 37.1 7-24 21-29 11 35 5 7 14
Memphis 92 44.4 0-6 28-34 14 42 5 6 12

Upcoming Games

  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against L.A. Clippers. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .675 after a win and .538 after a loss.
  • L.A. Clippers will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Clippers have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .720 after a loss.
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