Clippers @ Grizzlies Game 5
Clippers 103 Grizzlies 95
With the series tied up at 2 games a piece, the winner of game 5 will really take control of the series and put a lot of pressure on the losing team, as they'll be facing elimination.
Through the first three quarters it looked like the Grizzlies were uninterested in playing as the Clippers totally dominated every aspect of the game. It was 33-16 at the end of the first and 57-40 at half. After a big third quarter the Clippers increased their lead to 25, 84-59. The Grizzlies refused to go out without a fight as they surged in the 4th quarter, out scoring the Clippers 36-19 and cutting the lead to 4 before running out of time and losing 103-95 and are now facing elimination.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 20 points (10-19) and 8 rebounds. Nick Young was 8-10 from the field including two 3's off the bench for 19 points. Caron Butler played well scoring 18 points (8-13, 2-2 ft) and grabbing 6 boards. DeAndre Jordan was 6-9 from the field for 13 points and 6 boards to go along with his 2 rejections. Chris Paul almost had a triple double as he finished with 11 points (5-17, 1-3 3pt, 0-2 ft), 8 boards, 9 assists, 4 steals and a block. As a team the Clippers shot 54% from the field (43-80, 5-9 3pt) and were 12-19 from the foul line.
Zach Randolph had a game high 25 points (9-16, 7-11 ft) with 7 boards. Rudy Gay had 19 points (7-14, 2-2 3pt, 3-6 ft) with 6 rebounds. OJ Mayo off the bench had 12 points on 5-6 shooting, including 2-3 from downtown. Marc Gasol had 12 points (4-11, 4-4 ft) and 6 boards. Marreese Speights off the bench had 8 points (4-4), 4 boards and a block. Mike Conley scored 8 points (3-8, 2-3 3pt) and had 7 assists with 6 turnovers. Dante Cunningham had 7 boards and 2 blocks off the bench in just 14 minutes. Memphis shot 49% from the field (36-74, 7-12 3pt) and were 16-23 from the foul line. They commited 18 turnovers.
Game 6 is Friday in Los Angeles
Grizzlies @ Clippers Game 4
Clippers 104 Grizzlies 103 (OT)
Up 2-1 the Grizzlies had a great opportunity to take a commanding 3-1 in the series and it looked as if they were about to head back home with that 3-1 lead but the Clippers fought their way back late in the 4th quarter and sent the game to overtime and squeaked out a 1 point victory to tie the series up at 2 games a piece.
The Grizzlies came out hot in the first as they opened up a 13 point lead at the end of the first quarter, leading 28-15. But the Clipper played defense in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 2 points as they went into halftime trailing 42-40. In the third though the Grizzlies outscored the Clippers 28-22 to take a 70-62 lead going into the fourth quarter. After failing behind 12 with just under 4 minutes to play, the Clippers used a 14-2 run to finish off the quarter to send the game into OT. In overtime the Clippers were able to hang onto a 104-103 victory after a missed 15-foot jumper by OJ Mayo at the buzzer.
Chris Paul nearly had a triple double as he finished with a game high 26 points (9-20, 2-3 3pt, 6-8 ft) 8 boards and 12 assists. Caron Butler still limited with a hand injury managed to score 20 points (7-15, 1-5 3pt, 5-6 ft) in 28 minutes. Blake Griffin recoreded a double double scoring 18 points (8-13, 2-4 ft) and pulling down 10 boards. Mo Williams scored 11 points (4-13, 0-3 3pt, 3-4 ft) off the bench and had 4 assists. Nick Young scored 10 points on 4-9 shooting. DeAndre Jordan only scored 4 points but did have a team high 11 boards. As a team the Clippers shot 39% from the field (39-99, 5-19 3pt) and were 21-27 from the foul line.
Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph both had double doubles in a losing effort. Gay finished with 23 points (10-18, 1-1 3pt, 2-2 ft) and 10 boards, and Randolph finished with 22 points (7-13, 8-9 ft) and 16 boards. Marc Gasol who fouled out in this one had 17 points (3-8, 11-14 ft), 6 boards, 3 assists and 3 blocks. OJ Mayo had 15 points off the bench but missed the game winner in OT. Mike Conley had 12 assists but only scored 3 points on 1-4 shooting in 41 minutes. Memphis shot 46% from the field (35-76, 2-4 3pt) and were 31-39 from the line.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Memphis
Grizzlies @ Clippers Game 3
Clippers 107 Grizzlies 104
In what has been by far the closest and most exciting matchup of the first round through the first two games of the series did not disappoint in game 3. The Grizzlies had this game won and threatened to go up 3-0, but the Clippers fought back from a double digit deficit in the 4th to make this a series.
The Grizzlies led at halftime 57-53, and after a big third quarter led 88-80, before jumping out to a 14 point lead with only 6 minutes remaining in the game. Chris Paul and Nick Young hit big 3's down the stretch and Blake Griffin grabbed some big rebounds to help seal the comback win 107-104.
Blake Griffin scored a game high 26 points (10-16, 6-8 ft) and a game high 13 boards including 4 offensive. Nick Young provided a spark off the bench scoring 24 points going 8-13 from the field and hitting 2 three pointers in the final 4 minutes of the game. Chris Paul was right behind him with 22 points and he also hit 2 three pointers in the final minutes of the game. Paul had 4 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals as well. DeAndre Jordan had 7 points (3-3, 1-4 ft), 6 boards and 2 blocks. Although he didnt score, Reggie Evans grabbed 8 boards, 5 of them offensive which kept many possessions alive for the Clippers in which they scored on. The Clippers shot 47% from the field (39-79, 5-18 3pt) and were 24-34 from the foul line.
Rudy Gay continues to play well as he led the Grizzlies with 24 points (8-15, 2-2 3pt, 6-8 ft), 9 boards and 2 assists. Zach Randolph in 28 minutes had 23 points (8-12, 7-9 ft). Marc Gasol finished with a double double scoring 13 points (4-9, 5-6 ft) and 10 boards. Mike Conley had 12 points and 9 assists. Marreese Speights was a spark off the bench with 9 points, 5 boards (3 offensive) and 2 blocks. The Grizzlies shot 52% (33-63, 3-7 3pt) as they spent much of the night at the foul line going 35-45.
Game 4 is Monday in LA
Clippers @ Grizzlies Game 2Grizzlies 99 Clippers 97After a thrilling game 1 which included a Rudy Gay buzzer beater to send it into over and Memphis rode it's momentum for a 110-100 win, the Clippers look to bounce back and win game 2 before going back home to LA. The task will be a little more difficult now with the loss of Caron Butler who broke his hand.
The Clippers got off to a hot start in this one, playing extremely good defense through the first three quarters as they had a 50-39 lead at half and a 71-54 lead going into the fourth quarter. But in the 4th the Grizzlies put up 45 points and pull off a huge comeback to take game 2 99-97 and a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
Zach Randolph led the scoring for Memphis with 20 (8-14, 1-1 3pt, 3-8 ft) and also had 6 boards and 3 assists. Marc Gasol scored 18 points on just 3-5 shooting but got to the line 16 times making 12, as he also had 9 boards in this one. The hero from game 1, Rudy Gay had 17 points (7-12, 1-2 3pt, 2-2 ft), 7 boards and 2 blocks. Off the bench OJ Mayo had 11 (5-9, 1-1 3pt), Gilbert Arenas had 10 (3-6, 2-4 3pt, 2-2 ft) and Marreese Speights had 9 points and 4 boards. Mike Conley struggled from the field going 1-10 and missing all four 3's but he did have 11 assists. As a team Memphis shot 45% (34-76, 5-13 3pts) and 26-36 from the foul line.
Another tough loss for the Clippers but they did get really great efforts from Blake Griffin who had 26 points (8-23, 10-12 ft) and 11 boards, Nick Young who is starting for Caron Butler had 24 points on 10-18 shooting including 4-7 from downtown and Chris Paul who had 17 points (5-12, 1-1 3pt, 6-6 ft), 5 boards, 9 assists and 3 steals. DeAndre Jordan had a game high 12 boards and 2 blocks. Off the bench Reggie Evans had 9 boards and a block and Eric Bledsoe had 7 points and 3 assists. The Clippers shot 39% (29-74, 6-15 3pt) and were 33-40 from the foul line.
Game 3 is Saturday in LA
Clippers @ Grizzlies Game 1
Grizzlies 110 Clippers 100 (OT)
The Grizzlies and Clippers series has the potential to be the most exciting and competitive round 1 matchup of this year's playoffs. With a lot of young and athletic talent, it will be a very well played series, and that exactly what we got in game 1! This game went back and forth, both teams changing leads and the Grizzlies took a 51-46 lead at half. The Clippers got hot in the third quarter as they tied things up going into the 4th at 75. With 4.8 seconds left the Clippers had a 3 point lead, and the Grizzlies used their last timeout to draw up a play. The play was to get it into the hot hands of Rudy Gay at the top of the key, and he drained a 3 to tie it at the buzzer to send it into OT! With the home fans still electric after the game tying 3, the Grizzlies used their momentum to run away with the game in OT and take game one 110-100.
Rudy Gay finished the game with 20 points (7-14, 2-2 3pt, 4-4 ft) to go along with his 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Marc Gasol added a double double with his team high 21 points (8-12, 5-6 ft) and 10 boards. Zach Randolph also had a big game with 18 points (8-10, 2-3 ft), 9 boards and 4 assists. Mike Conley was a point away from a double double as he had 9 points (4-10, 1-4 ft) and 10 assists. The Grizzlies were very aggresive offensively getting to the line 37 times making 26 of them. They only attempted four 3's making two of them, one being that buzzer beater to send it into OT. They'll have to rebound better on the defensive glass as they gave up 18 offensive boards. Other than that though they played a great game only turning it over 11 times.
Despite the loss, the Clippers got some really good efforts from Caron Butler and Blake Griffin. Caron Butler was on fire all game dropping in 30 points (11-20, 3-6 3pt, 5-5 ft) and Blake Griffin had 15 points (6-8, 3-4 ft) and 17 boards (5 off, 12 deff). Chris Paul had 16 points and 9 assists but only shot 6-19 from the field, missing all four 3's he attempted. Kenyon Martin had a good game off the bench with 8 points, 8 boards and 2 blocks. Nick Young scored 15 points on 6-13 from the field. The Clippers did a great job on the boards, especially with their 18 offensive rebounds but they'll need to be smarter with the basketball as they turned it over 19 times.
Game two is Wednesday Night in Memphis