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                === Paul helps Clippers cruise by Grizzlies ===
 
 Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul finished with 15 points and eight
 assists  and  the Los Angeles Clippers  used a balanced scoring attack to down
 the familiar Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81, on Thursday.
 
 Jamal  Crawford  and Darren Collison added  15 points apiece off the bench for
 the  Clippers,  who outscored  the Grizzlies  in the second  half by a healthy
 61-39 margin to win going away.
 
 DeAndre Jordan posted 10 points and 14 rebounds while Blake Griffin chipped in
 with 14 points, nine boards and five assists as Los Angeles snapped a two-game
 skid and helped Doc Rivers earn his 600th career victory as a coach.
 
 "We  were getting  frustrated  (in the  first half),"  Rivers  said. "When  we
 started making shots the game broke our way."
 
 Zach  Randolph returned  to Memphis' lineup after missing two games with a toe
 injury  and  recorded a double-double  with 12 points  and 12 rebounds but was
 limited to 4-of-13 shooting.
 
 Kosta  Koufos totaled  17 points and nine rebounds while Mike Conley netted 16
 points for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-2 on their six-game homestand.
 
 The  largest  lead for  either team in  the first half  was eight, and Koufos'
 three-point play just before the break gave Memphis a slim 42-40 lead.
 
 The  Clippers  took control with  a 17-2 run over  a six-minute stretch in the
 third.  Paul  and Jared Dudley  each hit from long  range during the surge and
 Crawford  put  in a  deep jumper  for a  61-49 cushion  with under two minutes
 remaining in the frame.
 
 "When they started hitting shots, I think we just dropped our heads," Randolph
 admitted.
 
 Memphis shot just 3-for-17 from the field in an 11-point showing in the third.
 
 Six  straight points by Koufos brought the Grizzlies within 64-57 early in the
 fourth,  but a jumper by Collison and two more from Crawford pushed the margin
 back to double digits.
 
 Another  runner from  Collison with 7:05 to  play made it a 20-point game, and
 Los Angeles cruised from there.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Rivers  became  the 23rd coach  to reach the  600-win plateau ... Memphis shot
 just 38 percent from the field and 3-of-13 from three-point range ... This was
 the  22nd time  these teams  have played  each other  since Jan.  26, 2012,  a
 stretch  that includes  13 first-round playoff games ... Los Angeles continues
 its seven-game road trip in Cleveland on Saturday.
 
 
 12/06 00:43:18 ET