Collison, Crawford lead Clippers past Grizzlies

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013
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Early in third, Jerryd Bayless shoved Griffin for a flagrant 1. Then Randolph started mouthing with anyone in a Clippers uniform. And the lobbying for calls from both teams led official Danny Crawford to warn the coaches he had heard enough complaining.

In the meantime, the Clippers turned up the defense, enabling them to click off a 21-7 run to open the quarter for a double-digit lead.

"I thought the way we responded was good," Griffin said. "There are challenges mentally and physically, and I think that was a mental challenge for us. We were mentally tough in that situation."

The rally helped the Clipper outscore Memphis 24-11 in the frame and carry a 64-53 lead into the final quarter.

Los Angeles connected on 10 of its first 14 shots in the fourth, continuing to build the lead to as many as 24.

Several Clippers players said the frustration from games like the one at Atlanta is they believe in their ability to play good defense.

"It would be one thing if we knew were weren't capable of it, and we didn't have the bodies and the people to execute it, but we do," Paul said. "We have myself, young, athletic guys that know what we're capable of. I may not be athletic, but I am young."

NOTES: The road team has won the last five games in the series. Memphis' last regular season home win over the Clippers was April 9, 2012. ... Los Angeles now holds a 36-35 edge in the all-time series. ... Memphis G Tony Allen sat out with a bruised hip suffered in the Grizzlies' victory over Phoenix on Monday. ... The Clippers are on a seven-game road trip that opened with a 107-97 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday. They have one other seven-game swing in mid-January. ... Counting the first-round playoff games the last two seasons, the Grizzlies and Clippers have played 22 times since Jan. 26, 2012.

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