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Grizzlies 102, Clippers 96

The SportsXchange

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Power forward Zach Randolph scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies survived a parade of Los Angeles Clippers to the free-throw line for a 102-96 victory Friday night at FedExForum.

The Clippers (37-20) shot 43 free throws to 15 for Memphis, including 16 in the fourth quarter alone. Forward Blake Griffin finished with 28 points for his 10th straight game with 25 or more points (a career high). He also had 13 rebounds.

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford scored 23, point guard Chris Paul had 18 points and 14 assists, and forward Matt Barnes scored 15 points.

A driving layup from Memphis point guard Mike Conley with 9:23 left put the Grizzlies up 84-72. But the Clippers chipped away. Down 96-91 with 1:47 to play, Los Angeles scored its next five points from the foul line and closed to within two, at 98-96, with 1:05 left.

But the Clippers would not shoot another free throw and not score again. They finished 27-for-43 (62.8 percent) from the line while Memphis was 13-for-15 (86.7 percent).

Memphis (31-23) got 17 points and 10 rebounds from center Marc Gasol. Forward James Johnson scored 15 off the bench.

The Clippers held the largest first-half lead -- eight points -- but Memphis carried a 53-50 advantage into halftime.

Griffin had 16 points and five rebounds in the first half, but also picked up three fouls and went to the bench with about four minutes still to play in the second quarter. He was 7-of-11 from the floor, but just 2-for-6 from the foul line. Crawford had 12 points and Paul scored eight and handed out eight assists.

Johnson scored 13 in the first half for Memphis and brought the crowd to its feet when he ducked around Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and tossed the ball off the backboard to himself and dunked. Miller had nine first-half points and the Memphis bench outscored the Clippers' bench 26-7.

The Grizzlies had a 34-24 edge on points in the paint through the two quarters, but the Clippers led 12-2 in fast-break points.

NOTES: The Clippers made two minor deals at the trade deadline Thursday. They sent reserve C Byron Mullens and a conditional second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future second-round draft choice and traded veteran F Antawn Jamison to Atlanta for the draft rights to G Cenk Akyol, a 2005 second-round pick by the Hawks. Asked his thoughts about the deals, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, "Salary cap stuff, you know, stuff coaches don't like." ... Memphis coach Dave Joerger said SG Tony Allen would play Friday night against the Clippers. Allen had been out since Jan. 5 with a sprained left wrist. He had the wrist wrapped at Thursday's practice. "I play aggressive, physical," Allen said. "I'm trying to reach for deflections, steals, pushing off guys as I'm cutting through a passing lane." ... Clippers F Blake Griffin has scored 25 or more points in a career-high nine straight games coming into Friday night.
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