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Grizzlies' backups, 3-point shooting, too much for Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Memphis used a balanced offense and strong play from its reserves to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Grizzlies had seven players score in double figures, including all four reserves to top the Clippers 113-104 on Saturday. Mike Conley returned to the lineup after sitting out the last game with a sore Achilles go lead Memphis with 22 points.

''Any time you can get multiple guys in double figures, it means the ball's moving, everybody's in rhythm, people are being unselfish,'' said Grizzlies coach David Fizdale.

The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.

''They're a team that every single guy is in attack mode,'' said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. ''That's what makes them good. They also share the ball well and space the floor. Every single guy you have to be ready to guard. Just watching it was frustrating.''

Blake Griffin scored 30 points to lead the Clippers, who too often found their offense motionless and Griffin forced to go one-on-one.

''I don't think we should rely on anyone too much,'' Rivers said. ''We should just move the ball and play. The ball will find the better players always.

''We have to get away from just looking for one guy.''

The Clippers' only lead was early in the first quarter. The Grizzlies started hitting 3-pointers - they connected on 11 of their first 19 attempts - and pulled away.

Although the Clippers would twice rally to tie Memphis, they could never regain the lead.

The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.

''I'll take threes anytime we can get them,'' Fizdale said. ''I've seen enough games where we've been on the dismal end of the 3-point shooting.''

Tyreke Evans led the Memphis reserves with 20 points, while the Grizzlies also got 13 from Brandan Wright, 12 from Mario Chalmers and 10 from Chandler Parsons.

Starting center Marc Gasol added 21 points.

The Clippers struggled to mount much offense beyond Griffin. Patrick Beverley scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 23. No other Clipper scored more than Lou Williams' 13.

THE CONLEY DIFFERENCE

The Memphis shooting point guard hit four of his nine 3-point attempts, playing 33 minutes and showing no ill effects from his Achilles.

''You could just a difference in places we could get on the floor,'' Fizdale said. ''Any time he's playing well, we're in the game.''

BAD THEME

Rivers said there was a consistent thread to the Clippers' three losses this season.

''If I had one frustration, offensively in the three games we've lost, we kind of get stuck,'' he said. ''The ball stays on one side of the floor. It's not moving. If you don't see our guards at the basket a lot, it probably means we're not moving the ball. That was disappointing.''

Said Clippers center DeAndre Jordan: ''(The offense) got stagnant, we got stuck on one side of the floor again. Then we become easier to guard. So for our team everybody needs to be involved. We have a lot of guys standing around right now.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: After playing six of their first eight games at home, Saturday marked the first of five consecutive road games. . Entering Saturday the Memphis reserves had outscored opposing bench players 344-198.

Clippers: Recalled rookie guard Jawun Evans from its development team. The 6-foot Evans, out of Oklahoma State, had played two games with Los Angeles before being sent to its nearby Ontario affiliate.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Return to Staples Center on Sunday to play the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clippers: Have back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games, returning to Staples Center Sunday to meet the Miami Heat.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
B. Griffin
32 F
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
8.1 Reb. Per Game 8.1
46.2 Field Goal % 50.0
46.3 Three Point % 48.2
82.1 Free Throw % 74.6
  Defensive rebound by Mario Chalmers 0:09
  Austin Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
+ 1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
+ 1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 0:22
+ 1 Patrick Beverley made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
+ 1 Patrick Beverley made 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
  Shooting foul on James Ennis III 0:23
  Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley 0:23
  Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
+ 1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:29
Team Stats
Points 113 104
Field Goals 40-84 (47.6%) 38-83 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 13-31 (41.9%) 4-26 (15.4%)
Free Throws 20-24 (83.3%) 24-31 (77.4%)
Total Rebounds 49 51
Offensive 9 15
Defensive 30 28
Team 10 8
Assists 21 18
Steals 8 7
Blocks 7 7
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 28 22
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
30 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 6-3 27332726113
home team logo Clippers 5-3 25312424104
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 6-3 102.5 PPG 39.5 RPG 23.1 APG
home team logo Clippers 5-3 113.9 PPG 46 RPG 22.2 APG
Key Players
M. Conley G 20.4 PPG 3.3 RPG 6.5 APG 41.9 FG%
B. Griffin F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Conley G 22 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
B. Griffin F 30 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
47.6 FG% 45.8
41.9 3PT FG% 15.4
83.3 FT% 77.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 33 22 1 3 1 0 2 2 8/18 4/9 2/3 0 1 28 +11
M. Gasol 32 21 6 1 0 0 2 3 7/15 2/4 5/5 1 5 27 -2
J. Ennis III 30 13 5 2 0 1 1 6 5/6 3/4 0/0 2 3 22 +9
D. Brooks 29 2 5 2 1 0 2 6 1/8 0/2 0/0 1 4 10 -2
J. Martin 11 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 33 22 1 3 1 0 2 2 8/18 4/9 2/3 0 1 28 +11
M. Gasol 32 21 6 1 0 0 2 3 7/15 2/4 5/5 1 5 27 -2
J. Ennis III 30 13 5 2 0 1 1 6 5/6 3/4 0/0 2 3 22 +9
D. Brooks 29 2 5 2 1 0 2 6 1/8 0/2 0/0 1 4 10 -2
J. Martin 11 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 31 20 3 4 0 0 2 2 6/13 2/6 6/6 1 2 29 0
B. Wright 25 13 9 2 1 4 0 1 4/7 0/0 5/6 3 6 31 +11
M. Chalmers 27 12 4 4 2 0 1 2 5/9 0/2 2/4 0 4 25 +9
C. Parsons 20 10 4 3 2 2 0 2 4/7 2/4 0/0 1 3 24 +10
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 238 113 39 21 8 7 11 28 40/84 13/31 20/24 9 30 198 +45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 30 11 2 2 1 5 3 10/17 1/3 9/11 2 9 43 -3
P. Beverley 38 23 7 2 1 0 0 4 8/18 1/8 6/6 4 3 35 -5
D. Jordan 34 12 10 3 0 3 0 3 6/7 0/0 0/0 5 5 31 -5
D. Gallinari 35 10 4 6 0 1 1 1 4/10 0/4 2/2 0 4 26 -12
A. Rivers 38 7 3 3 2 0 2 4 2/9 1/4 2/4 1 2 16 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 30 11 2 2 1 5 3 10/17 1/3 9/11 2 9 43 -3
P. Beverley 38 23 7 2 1 0 0 4 8/18 1/8 6/6 4 3 35 -5
D. Jordan 34 12 10 3 0 3 0 3 6/7 0/0 0/0 5 5 31 -5
D. Gallinari 35 10 4 6 0 1 1 1 4/10 0/4 2/2 0 4 26 -12
A. Rivers 38 7 3 3 2 0 2 4 2/9 1/4 2/4 1 2 16 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 23 13 3 1 1 0 4 2 4/12 1/5 4/4 1 2 15 -3
W. Reed 5 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 -2
W. Johnson 14 2 0 1 0 1 1 3 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 4 -4
M. Harrell 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 4 -1
S. Thornwell 9 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0/1 0/0 1/4 0 1 3 -8
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 43 18 7 7 13 22 38/83 4/26 24/31 15 28 184 -45