Clippers take first game at home over Grizzlies
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
The first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies had a complicated set of rules determining home-court advantage, and that may end up being the difference-maker. The Clippers rode a masterful performance from Chris Paul to a 112-91 win over the Grizzlies at the Staples Center to take a 1-0 series lead.
Paul had 23 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting performance, along with 7 assists and 2 steals. A Paul three-pointer late in the game to increase the lead from 12 to 15 sealed the game for the Clippers.
Jerryd Bayless led the Grizzlies with 19 points, and Marc Gasol added 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Clippers’ dominance on the glass was the key to their victory. Memphis only committed one more foul, and Blake Griffin fouled out with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies only committed 7 turnovers to the Clippers’ 11. However, Los Angeles outrebounded Memphis 47-23, including a 14-4 advantage on the offensive boards.
Clippers guards Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford combined for 27 points, including 10 points from Billups in the first half to help the Clippers gain a 57-51 lead at halftime.
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