The Los Angeles Clippers had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 38-80 (47.5%) from the field, including 11-20 (55.0%) from three-point range, to blow out the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81. Los Angeles (13-7) picked up the win after falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
Jamal Crawford came off the bench and put up 15 points on 6-14 shooting, including 1-3 on 3-point attempts. Other top performers for Los Angeles were Chris Paul with 15 points and 8 assists, Blake Griffin with 14 points and 9 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan with 10 points and 14 rebounds. On 5-12 shooting from the field and 7-9 from the free throw line, Kosta Koufos scored 17 points for Memphis in the loss. He also registered 9 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter contributed 15 points and 5 assists and Zach Randolph finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-powered offense of Los Angeles (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Memphis (ranked fourth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.08 points per possession. The Grizzlies posted an eFG% of just 39.6%, including 23.1% from 3-point range. This year, they are 2-2 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Clippers are undefeated (4-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Memphis (9-9) to 1-1 versus Los Angeles on the season.
Coming up, the Clippers square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 6-12 on the season. The Grizzlies match up against the Golden State Warriors, currently sitting at 11-8 this year. The Grizzlies have come away with a win the last two games against Golden State.