Grizzlies’ depth, 3-point shooting, too much for Clippers
FILE - MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 28: Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies is seen before the game against the Houston Rockets on October 28, 2017 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies made 13 three-pointers and dominated off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-104 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Marc Gasol added 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 to top four reserves in double figures. The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.
Blake Griffin had 30 points for the Clippers, and Patrick Beverley had 23.
The Clippers were 4-of-26 from three-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13-of-31.
The Grizzlies led from early in the first period. The Clippers caught Memphis at 68 midway through the third quarter, but could never regain the lead. The Grizzlies responded by jumping back to a 10-point lead.
Memphis led by 12 points in the second quarter, before settling for a 60-56 lead at the half. The Grizzlies were getting their usual healthy output from the bench, while the Clippers’ offense centered around Griffin.
With Conley hitting half of his six three-point attempts, the Grizzlies led 51-39 before a six-point run brought the Clippers back in the game.
Griffin scored 10 of Los Angeles’ 25 points in the first quarter, Memphis taking an early two-point lead.
Grizzlies: After playing six of their first eight games at home, Saturday marked the first of five consecutive road games. … Entering Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) the Memphis reserves had outscored opposing bench players 344-198.
Clippers: Recalled rookie guard Jawun Evans from its development team. The six-foot Evans, out of Oklahoma State, had played two games with Los Angeles before being sent to its nearby Ontario affiliate.
Grizzlies: Return to Staples Center on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) to play the Los Angeles Lakers.
Clippers: Have back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games, returning to Staples Center Sunday (Monday, PHL time) to meet the Miami Heat.