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Evans, Gasol help Grizzlies defeat Clippers 115-112

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies haven't won many games lately, and those few victories have featured drama in the closing seconds.

Tyreke Evans had 30 points and 11 assists, Marc Gasol had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

The Clippers had the ball with a chance to tie in the closing 21 seconds, but a tough Memphis defense forced a bad pass from Lou Williams, and Evans ran the ball down in the backcourt as the horn sounded. The victory was only the third for Memphis in the last 22 games. In each, the opponents failed to convert shots for a tie or victory on the final possession.

''You take the win any way that you can,'' Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''We've got to be better in those moments, though.''

Austin Rivers had 38 points, his second straight game setting a career high, while Williams finished with 36. But no other Clippers player reached double figures. DeAndre Jordan, the league's leading rebounder, had 18 boards.

''It was a great comeback at the end when you're down that many,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Memphis had its largest lead of the game with 5 minutes left, 109-93, before Austin Rivers and Williams began chipping into the advantage. Eventually, the guards helped craft a 19-6 run, pulling the Clippers within 115-112 with 1:00 left after a 3-pointer from Williams. After a couple missed attempts by Memphis, Doc Rivers called timeout with 21 seconds left. But Los Angeles never got off a shot in the ensuing possession.

''I didn't like the last play at all,'' the Clippers coach said. ''I thought we were looking for the 3, which we wanted, but we also could have gotten a quick 2. But we basically just dribbled the clock out.''

Memphis has struggled in at least one quarter in games throughout the losing skid. This time, Memphis used a strong third quarter to stretch its 63-59 halftime lead to as many as 12. The 16-point advantage in the closing 5 minutes was enough of a cushion for Memphis.

For the Clippers, playing the second night of a back-to-back after a win in Houston on Friday, there wasn't quite enough energy to overcome the deficit.

''Emotionally, on defense, we weren't communicating,'' Austin Rivers said. ''We weren't into it. They got too many buckets, and it cost us down the stretch.''

TIP-INS

Clippers: Los Angeles fell to 6-12 on the road. ... The Clippers, as they have been in recent games, were without F Blake Griffin, G Patrick Beverley, F Danilo Gallinari and F Wesley Johnson. That represents an average of 56.1 points per game on the injured list. ... Jordan reached double figures in rebounds for the 20th time this season.

Grizzlies: The 63 first-half points were two short of Memphis' season high for a half. ... Evans has scored at least 20 points in 15 games this season, and his six 3-pointers were a career-high. ... Gasol's 15 rebounds were one short of his career-best 16 against the Pelicans on Jan. 16, 2015. ... Memphis had 28 assists on its 40 made field goals. ... The 115 points were a season high for Memphis.

BUM HIP

Gasol played after being listed as doubtful before the game with left hip soreness. The hip has bothered him since the closing seconds of a Dec. 15 win over Atlanta. He said it was sore enough when he woke up Saturday that he questioned whether he would play.

''We need this,'' Gasol said of the victory. ''We need wins, and we need home wins and something to build on. ... Even though I didn't play great, it was worth it because we won.''

BACK-TO-BACK FATIGUE

The Clippers won an emotional game in Houston on Friday, expending a lot of energy while scoring 76 points in the second half to erase a 15-points Rockets lead. Doc Rivers was concerned about the impact of Friday's game even before playing the Grizzlies. And the fatigue was a factor.

''This is the first time in 10-15 games that I can say the other team played harder,'' Rivers said. ''They got to every loose ball. ... I just didn't think we had it.''

UP NEXT

Clippers: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.

Grizzlies: Play the Suns in Phoenix on Tuesday.

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Key Players
L. Williams
23 SG
M. Gasol
33 C
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
18.9 Pts. Per Game 18.9
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
8.7 Reb. Per Game 8.7
43.8 Field Goal % 41.7
43.7 Three Point % 41.6
89.4 Free Throw % 82.8
  Bad pass turnover on Lou Williams, stolen by Tyreke Evans 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Jamil Wilson 0:21
  Tyreke Evans missed jump shot 0:23
  Offensive rebound by Chandler Parsons 0:43
  Andrew Harrison missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:46
+ 3 Lou Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Milos Teodosic 1:00
  Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan 1:02
  Chandler Parsons missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Personal foul on Jawun Evans 1:19
+ 1 Lou Williams made free throw 1:20
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 1:20
Team Stats
Points 112 115
Field Goals 39-80 (48.8%) 40-90 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 13-34 (38.2%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 21-28 (75.0%) 22-25 (88.0%)
Total Rebounds 48 53
Offensive 6 15
Defensive 31 32
Team 11 6
Assists 14 28
Steals 4 5
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 10 9
Fouls 22 26
Technicals 0 1
38 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
30 PTS, 7 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Clippers 13-19 33262231112
home team logo Grizzlies 10-23 30332725115
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 13-19 108.0 PPG 43.8 RPG 22.1 APG
home team logo Grizzlies 10-23 99.2 PPG 40.6 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
A. Rivers PG 15.5 PPG 2.2 RPG 3.7 APG 42.2 FG%
T. Evans PG 19.5 PPG 5.1 RPG 5.0 APG 45.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Rivers PG 38 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
T. Evans PG 30 PTS 7 REB 11 AST
48.8 FG% 44.4
38.2 3PT FG% 41.9
75.0 FT% 88.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 33 38 3 2 1 0 1 3 14/20 5/8 5/6 1 2 45 +1
M. Teodosic 32 9 1 4 1 0 3 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 0 1 16 +11
C. Williams 31 7 1 0 1 3 0 2 3/5 1/3 0/0 0 1 12 +5
D. Jordan 36 4 18 2 0 1 2 5 1/3 0/0 2/4 2 16 25 +1
J. Wilson 21 3 4 2 0 0 0 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 4 11 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 33 38 3 2 1 0 1 3 14/20 5/8 5/6 1 2 45 +1
M. Teodosic 32 9 1 4 1 0 3 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 0 1 16 +11
C. Williams 31 7 1 0 1 3 0 2 3/5 1/3 0/0 0 1 12 +5
D. Jordan 36 4 18 2 0 1 2 5 1/3 0/0 2/4 2 16 25 +1
J. Wilson 21 3 4 2 0 0 0 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 4 11 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 34 36 2 2 0 1 3 1 10/23 5/13 11/12 0 2 40 -7
S. Dekker 18 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 11 -10
M. Harrell 12 5 3 1 1 1 1 1 2/6 0/0 1/2 2 1 11 -5
J. Evans 9 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -6
W. Reed 10 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/2 0 2 3 -2
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Thornwell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 112 37 14 4 7 10 22 39/80 13/34 21/28 6 31 178 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 38 30 7 11 3 0 2 3 10/20 6/11 4/4 1 6 60 +3
M. Gasol 34 17 15 4 1 1 1 4 7/16 1/3 2/3 4 11 41 -2
A. Harrison 32 15 2 5 1 1 1 3 3/14 1/4 8/9 1 1 28 -12
D. Brooks 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 5 3/7 3/5 2/2 0 0 13 -6
C. Parsons 25 3 5 3 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 3 13 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 38 30 7 11 3 0 2 3 10/20 6/11 4/4 1 6 60 +3
M. Gasol 34 17 15 4 1 1 1 4 7/16 1/3 2/3 4 11 41 -2
A. Harrison 32 15 2 5 1 1 1 3 3/14 1/4 8/9 1 1 28 -12
D. Brooks 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 5 3/7 3/5 2/2 0 0 13 -6
C. Parsons 25 3 5 3 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 3 13 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Ennis III 27 14 2 1 0 0 2 1 6/8 1/2 1/1 1 1 16 +12
J. Martin 17 9 7 0 0 1 0 4 3/8 0/0 3/4 4 3 17 +10
B. Wright 11 6 4 0 0 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 2/2 1 3 9 +5
K. Simmons 25 6 4 3 0 1 1 2 3/9 0/2 0/0 1 3 16 +4
D. Davis 4 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 6 0
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chalmers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 115 47 28 5 5 9 26 40/90 13/31 22/25 15 32 219 +15