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Memphis at Los Angeles

Clippers 98, Grizzlies 88

CBSSports.com wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Dunleavy will always remember his 600th regular-season victory because of the way his team earned it for him.

Eric Gordon scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-88 on Sunday.

"I'm very proud of the guys," Dunleavy said. "Our guys stayed with it and never gave up. All of a sudden, we came together and Eric Gordon got into that attack mode. We did the things we needed to do."

  Clippers announcers meet with Haddadi before game

Former Clippers forward Zach Randolph missed his first six shots and was 1 for 8 overall, finishing with five points, six rebounds and three turnovers in more than 40 minutes.

Trailing by 18 in the opening minute of the fourth, the Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 33-5 the rest of the way. After Gordon's three-point play sliced the deficit to 88-78 with 7:02 remaining, Los Angeles kept pouring it on after Gay missed a pair of free throws.

Gordon tied it at 88 with a fastbreak layup after Camby blocked a shot by Gasol, and Thornton converted another fastbreak layup after a missed jumper by Gay with 1:39 remaining to give the Clippers their first lead. Thornton followed up with a three-point play after Randolph threw the ball away, and Sebastian Telfair provided the dagger with a 3-pointer in the final 37 seconds after Gay missed a 17-footer.

Randolph was 0 for 5 in the first half, but the Grizzlies shot 64.9 percent collectively over the first two quarters to build a 58-43 lead. Sam Young made a pair of 20-foot jumpers during a 10-0 run that extended Memphis' three-point lead to 38-25 with 8:08 left in the second quarter.

Clippers center Chris Kaman got in early foul trouble, picking up his third with 7:34 left in the half and his team down by 11. He got his fourth foul with 9:19 left in the third and Memphis leading 59-47. The Grizzlies widened the gap to 77-57 on a 3-pointer by Jamaal Tinsley with 2:43 left in the quarter.

It was the third meeting between the teams this season, following the Clippers' 113-110 win Nov. 7 at Los Angeles and the Grizzlies' 106-91 win on Nov. 8 at Memphis -- the day the Grizzlies gave disgruntled point guard Allen Iverson a leave of absence that eventually became permanent. The team is 3-3 since Iverson played his third and final game for them.

Clippers longtime TV play-by-play man Ralph Lawler and color analyst Michael Smith met with Memphis Grizzlies reserve center Hamed Haddadi, his manager and three representatives of the Alliance of Iranian Americans before the game to express their regrets for the remarks they made about him during the Nov. 18 broadcast from Memphis that led to a one-game suspension for both broadcasters.


Haddadi, in his second NBA season, has played a grand total of 22 minutes in six games this season and has scored four points. Last season, he appeared in 19 games, averaging 6.3 minutes and 2.5 points. He didn't play Sunday. ... The Clippers, who made a franchise-record 18 3-pointers against the Grizzlies last February in a 126-105 win at Memphis, were only 2 for 11 from behind the arc. ... Clippers reserve C DeAndre Jordan returned after missing three games because of a sprained right ankle.
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Memphis (6-11) 283023788
L.A. Clippers (8-10) «2122223398
MEM:M. Gasol 26 Pts
MEM:R. Gay 10 Reb
MEM:J. Tinsley 7 Ast
LAC:E. Gordon 29 Pts
LAC:M. Camby 14 Reb
LAC:B. Davis 6 Ast
Players of the Game
Los AngelesMemphis

E. Gordon

M. Gasol

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O. Mayo, SG422-104-40428
R. Gay, SG407-141-4100415
Z. Randolph, PF401-83-66425
M. Conley, PG195-90-012211
J. Tinsley, PG305-90-027412
S. Young, SF143-62-21028
H. Thabeet, C131-21-25033
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E. Gordon, SG4210-188-855229
B. Davis, PG406-162-246014
A. Thornton, SF398-152-560118
M. Camby, C367-80-0144114
C. Kaman, C263-102-211148
C. Smith, PF182-42-42246
D. Jordan, C151-12-43024
R. Butler, SG141-50-01012
S. Telfair, PG101-10-21003
R. Davis, SGDid Not Play
B. Skinner, PFDid Not Play
K. Rush, SGDid Not Play
S. Novak, SFDid Not Play
M. Collins, PGDid Not Play
B. Griffin, PFDid Not Play
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