Grizzlies pounded Clippers to force Game 6
Marc Gasol scored 23 points and Zach Randolph added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies forced a Game 6 by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80 on Wednesday night.
With Gasol and Randolph scoring early, the Grizzlies looked like the team that knocked off top-seeded Spurs last spring and took Oklahoma City to seven games in the conference semifinals.
Rudy Gay added 14 points for Memphis.
Mo Williams had 20 points for the Clippers while Chris Paul scored 19 and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Paul and Griffin both missed time in the fourth quarter with injuries. Paul strained a groin muscle and appeared to jam a finger while Griffin hyperextended his left knee.
The Clippers closed the third quarter with a 14-2 run and got within six twice to bring up memories of Memphis blowing a 27-point lead in Game 1.
Randy Foye pulled the Clippers within 85-79 on a layup with 55.7 seconds left, but with Paul on the bench, that was as close as they would get.
The Grizzlies outscored the Clippers 48-26 in the paint, and had a 42-35 edge in rebounds.
Memphis held a 57-42 lead at halftime, and led by as many as 24 points in the game.
Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles. If the Grizzlies can win, Game 7 would be Sunday back in Memphis.
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