Memphis 90, L.A. Clippers 88

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, May 11, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #43 Dan Crawford, #8 Marc Davis, #23 Jason Phillips
Attendance - 19060

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Memphis 25 17 24 24 90
L.A. Clippers 16 22 28 22 88

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 41-25 26-7 15-18 W2
L.A. Clippers 40-26 24-9 16-17 L2

Recap


Grizzlies 90, Clippers 88: Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds as visiting Memphis erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to force a deciding Game 7.

Zach Randolph added 18 points and 16 rebounds and Mike Conley and Rudy Gay had 13 points apiece as the Grizzlies staved off elimination for a second straight game.

Game 7 will be played Sunday afternoon in Memphis.

Clippers stars Blake Griffin (knee) and Chris Paul (hip), who were both game-time decisions with injuries sustained in Game 6, scored 17 and 11 points, respectively.

After watching Los Angeles dominate the fourth quarter throughout the series, including storming back from a 24-point deficit to win Game 1, the Grizzlies turned the tables on the Clippers.

Reserve Eric Bledsoe scored six points in a 10-0 spurt early in the fourth to help Los Angeles build a 76-68 lead. The Grizzlies responded with a 10-0 spurt of their own to go ahead on Gay's three-point play with 6:28 remaining.

Conley's 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes to go put Memphis ahead for good and Randolph's tip-in extended the lead to 85-80. Los Angeles got no closer than four points until Randy Foye's 3-pointer with three seconds left decided the final margin.

Trailing 60-54, the Clippers ran off six straight points to tie the score and the teams entered the fourth deadlocked at 66.

Memphis used an 18-6 run to take a 25-16 lead after one quarter and maintained a nine-point edge before the Clippers rallied.

Reserve Kenyon Martin scored six straight points and Paul buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one, but a three-point play by Gasol made it 42-38 at halftime.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: Only eight teams in NBA history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game series. ... Bledsoe scored 14 points and Kenyon Martin had 10 as Los Angeles got 34 points from its bench. ... Gasol had his second straight 23-point game after averaging only nine points in the previous three contests.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   L.A. Clippers
Marc Gasol 23 Scoring Blake Griffin 17
Mike Conley 9 Assists Chris Paul 7
Zach Randolph 16 Rebounds Reggie Evans 10
Marc Gasol 5 Free Throws Made Blake Griffin 5
Tony Allen 2 Steals Blake Griffin 3
Zach Randolph 3 Blocks Reggie Evans 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 90 45.5 3-10 17-27 20 48 9 5 22
L.A. Clippers 88 43.0 4-15 16-25 21 32 6 13 7

Upcoming Games

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