The Clippers outscored Memphis 24-17 in the fourth quarter to win at Staples Center 98-91.
Blake Griffin led Los Angeles (10-6) with a near triple-double – 20 points, eight assists and nine rebounds – and Chris Paul almost had one too, with 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
(Chris Paul tries to go around Mike Conley)
(Blake Griffin drives on Rudy Gay of the Grizzlies)
Marc Gasol got the Grizzlies as close as two points with under a minute to go, but then the Clippers clamped down. Caron Butler had a drive and a basket with 58 seconds left to get Los Angeles up four, then Paul had a steal and got fouled, which resulted in two free throws to get the advantage to six, 95-89.
Butler then hit a free throw and OJ Mayo tried a desperation 3-pointer, but missed and Gasol had another chance to score, but also missed.
DeAndre Jordan then hit a free throw and Griffin had another one that ended the game at 98-91.
Along with Griffin’s and Paul’s near triple-doubles, Jordan finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds and Butler added 17 points.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 24 points and Gasol added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
(Head coach Vinny Del Negro in the press room)