Fantasy Football 2014:

Clippers 101, Grizzlies 81

The SportsXchange

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Los Angeles Clippers got 50 points from their reserves and defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 101-81 Thursday night at the FedExForum.

Guards Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison led the bench brigade with 15 points each. Reserve forward Antawn Jamison finished with 11, and rookie guard Reggie Bullock had nine.

Among the Clippers' starters, point guard Chris Paul had 15 points and eight assists; forward Blake Griffin finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and center DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Memphis (9-9) led 47-44 with 8:10 left in the third quarter. From there, the Clippers (13-7) went on a 20-6 run and took a 64-53 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies cut the lead to 64-57 as center Kosta Koufos (game-high 17 points) scored twice at the rim, but the Clippers answered with an 18-5 run that put them up 82-62 with 7:05 to play. Bullock, who averages 2.5 points per game, hit back-to-back 3-pointers near the run's end to boost the lead from 12 to 18 points.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley had 16 points, swingman Quincy Pondexter scored 15 and power forward Zach Randolph had 12 points and 12 boards.

The Clippers entered Thursday's game as the NBA's second-highest scoring team (105.9 points); the Grizzlies came in as the league's fifth-best team in points allowed (95.6). Los Angeles shot 55 percent from 3-point range (11-for-20) and 47.5 percent overall (38-for-80). Memphis shot 37.7 percent (29-for-77) and was 3-for-13 behind the arc (23.1 percent).

Memphis scored the first points of the night, and the Clippers didn't get a lead until guard Willie Green scored on a reverse layup with one minute left in the second quarter for a 38-36 edge. The Grizzlies took a 42-40 lead into halftime as Koufos finished at the rim and made a free throw after a Griffin foul.

Grizzlies forward Ed Davis left the game in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return. Davis finished with six points and two rebounds in seven minutes.

NOTES: In the 2012 playoffs, the Clippers beat the Grizzlies in Game 7 of the first round in Memphis. Last season, the Grizzlies beat the Clippers in six games in the first round. If not quite a classic rivalry, there is an undeniable edge to the competition. First-year Clippers coach Doc Rivers saw that from afar. "These two teams are not gonna like each other until all the players are traded and all the coaches are fired," Rivers said, "and that's the truth. And I think it's great. I love that kind of stuff. It's good for our game." ... With Thursday's victory, the Clippers lead the all-time series 36-35. ... Memphis PF Zach Randolph started after missing two games because of the removal of an ingrown toenail. "Tell Blake (Griffin) not to step on his foot," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. ... Memphis SG Tony Allen did not play due to a bruised hip. ... Through Wednesday, Los Angeles C DeAndre Jordan's 44 dunks ranked second in the NBA.

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Draft time:
Aug 27 9:00 am
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