LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memphis was outrebounded by 24. Big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for just six boards in the playoff opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The poor performance on the glass in the 112-91 loss on Saturday night seemed out of character for the Grizzlies, but it all looked very familiar to coach Lionel Hollins.
"I've been saying when we played them before they've gotten more rebounds than they should," he said. "Their wing people come in and get offensive rebounds."
The Grizzlies were unable to overcome a 47-23 rebounding disadvantage that broke down to 14-4 on the offensive glass and 33-19 on the defensive side.
"That's too much of a difference because that's our game," said Gasol, who had 16 points, seven assists and two boards.
Randolph had 13 points and finished with five fouls. Four other Grizzlies had four fouls apiece, including Gasol.
Game 2 is Monday night at Staples Center.
"We've got to really, really step up and execute better," Gasol said. "They cannot outhustle us."
Randolph said: "It's not that big of a deal right now. We want to win the next one. If we can't win the next one, then it's a big deal."
Chris Paul led seven Clippers in double figures with 23 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15. Los Angeles had just one dunk, but definitely got it done on the boards.
Chauncey Billups scored 14 points, and Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford had 13 apiece on a night when Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:32 left.
Griffin missed a dunk in the first quarter, when Tony Allen and Ed Davis had Memphis' only two. DeAndre Jordan's driving one-handed slam midway through the fourth was the Clippers' first, and the big man's first and only basket of the game.
"We were able to get in front of them before they take off," said Jerryd Bayless, who led the Grizzlies with 19 points.