NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Memphis
(Tuesday, January 12th)
Final Score: Memphis 104, LA Clippers 102
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Marc Gasol scored 24 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a fire alarm evacuation to spark the team to a 104-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.
With 47.8 seconds left in the third quarter and the Grizzlies trailing, 89-77, a broken water pipe triggered the fire alarm, forcing everybody to evacuate the building. After a 36 minute delay, the teams returned to the court, and Memphis outscored the Clippers, 27-13, for the rest of the game to come back and take the win.
"During the third quarter of tonight's Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers game there was water line break in the fire sprinkler system at FedExForum in a non-public area that triggered our alarm system," said Greg Campbell, Grizzlies president of business operations. "Everyone, including players, coaches, staff and fans were immediately evacuated safely per FedExForum Public Safety Policy. At approximately 9:53 p.m. (et) everyone was instructed to evacuate FedExForum, and by 10:10 p.m. (et) all parties were allowed to re-enter the building."
Rudy Gay added 24 points for Memphis, which has won nine of 12 and shot 11- of-23 following the delay. Zach Randolph contributed 20 points and eight rebounds, O.J. Mayo had 15 points and Mike Conley 13 in the victory.
"They came out hard but we just had to keep playing harder, keep getting stops, and that's what we did towards the end," Randolph said.
Baron Davis had 27 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds for his 10th career triple-double for the Clippers, who had a season-high four-game win streak come to an end. DeAndre Jordan had a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points.
Los Angeles shot just 4-of-18 after the teams returned to the court late in the third quarter.
The Clippers led by 13, 90-77, with 47.8 seconds left in the third after Davis made a free throw when the teams came back from the delay. Jamaal Tinsley added a 10-foot bank shot before the quarter closed to make it an 11-point game when the fourth started.
Memphis wasted no time cutting into its deficit in the fourth, scoring the first seven points to get to within 90-86 on a Gay layup with 9:36 left. Conley's three-pointer two minutes later made it a 92-91 game in favor of LA.
The hosts, who had not led at any point in the game, finally pulled even with the Clippers on a pair of Randolph free throws with 5:09 left to make it 96-96.
The game remained tied, 100-100, after a Gasol dunk with 2:39 left, and Gay followed an empty Clippers possession with another dunk for a two-point edge a minute later.
Jordan went to the line for Los Angeles with a chance to tie, but he missed both attempts, and Randolph's step-back jumper with 57.8 ticks left provided a four-point Grizzlies lead, 104-100.
The Clippers trailed by two in the final 10 seconds with a chance to tie or win the game, but Rasual Butler's three-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Los Angeles stormed out to a 37-26 lead after the first quarter and increased its advantage to 65-52 at halftime.
A back-and-forth third quarter had the Clippers ahead by 13 after a Davis free throw, but his second attempt was delayed when the arena's fire alarm went off.
"It put a hold on us, but it's still not an excuse. You have to be professional about it," Jordan said of the delay.
The Grizzlies released a statement saying that any fan in attendance for Tuesday's game can exchange his/her ticket for a complimentary ticket to Friday's home game against Minnesota...Memphis improved to 12-5 at home, while Los Angeles fell to 5-11 as the visitor...The season series is tied, 2-2, with the home team winning each game.
01/13 02:22:28 ET