NBA Game Summary - Memphis at LA Clippers
(Sunday, November 29th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 98, Memphis 88
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon scored 29 points and Al Thornton added 18 points and six rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers posted the game's final 22 points over the final five-plus minutes to down the Grizzlies, 98-88, at the Staples Center.
Marcus Camby finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Baron Davis went for 14 points and six assists for the Clippers, who outscored Memphis 33-7 in the final 12 minutes and finished 50 percent shooting from the field, but an astonishing 66.7 percent (12-of-18) in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles earned a 104-96 win at Detroit on Friday and has won four of five overall. The Clippers also gave head coach Mike Dunleavy his 600th career regular season victory.
"We made fourth-quarter adjustments and played with intensity." Davis said. "It started with defense. With four minutes left I had a good feeling we were going to win this ball game."
Marc Gasol finished 13-of-18 from the floor for a team-best 26 points for Memphis, which shot 48.7 percent from the field, but only 3-of-15 from three- point range. The Grizzlies have dropped three of the last five after winning the previous three games.
Rudy Gay netted 15 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Jamaal Tinsley and Mike Conley ended with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
"We stopped playing (in the fourth quarter)," Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins said. "We turned the ball over. It was a horrible quarter for us. Give them credit."
Ahead 81-65 going into the fourth quarter, Memphis held an 88-76 advantage after Gasol knocked down a hook shot with 5:26 to play, which would be the Grizzlies' final points of the contest.
Kaman's bucket on LA's next trip down the floor ignited the 22-0 burst. Thornton's layup with 1:39 put the hosts ahead for the first time of the game at 90-88. Thornton's three-point play and Sebastian Telfair's three-ball made it a 96-88 game with 36 seconds left.
Memphis set the tone early, grabbing a 28-21 lead after the opening 12 minutes and quickly stretched it to double-digits after Hasheem Thabeet's dunk just over three minutes into the second.
Conley made a layup and O.J. Mayo drained a free throw in the closing seconds of the half to put the Grizzlies in front 58-43 at the intermission.
The Grizzlies continued to hold a sizeable lead through the third and were up 81-65 after three quarters.
Los Angeles has won two of the three matchups versus Memphis this season and won five of the last eight meetings...Mayo ended with eight points...The Clippers also tied the franchise record for the fewest points allowed in a quarter.
11/29 18:48:23 ET