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Williams leads Clippers past Grizzlies, 113-105

LOS ANGELES (AP) It's happening with such regularity now, people are just expecting Lou Williams to come off the bench and put up 20-plus points while leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a victory.

Williams did it again Tuesday night, scoring 33 to send the Clippers to their fourth consecutive win, 113-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The standout reserve shot 8 of 15 from the field. Continually driving to the basket, he hit all 15 of his free throws.

''He's obviously a great scorer, but when you draw that many fouls and get to the free throw line that many times, you're almost impossible to guard,'' Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

Williams leads NBA reserves in scoring at 21.6 points per game. He scored 40 off the bench in his last game against Charlotte. He has scored at least 30 off the bench eight times this season, tied for the second-most in NBA history. Ricky Pierce (1989-90) holds the record with 17.

Williams got scoring help Tuesday from Blake Griffin, who had 21 points - including five down the stretch after the Grizzlies had erased most of an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to close to 103-101.

Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Mario Chalmers had 15 points off the bench.

Williams and Griffin, however, proved too much for the Grizzlies in the final moments.

Rookie guard C.J. Williams, starting for an injured Austin Rivers, added a career-high 18 points for the Clippers in his 10th career start.

''When I think about it, it's just basketball,'' C.J. Williams said. ''There are so many other things that can engulf your mind outside of basketball. But I'm playing the sport I've played for 20 years now. I just enjoy every moment of it.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: G Wayne Selden Jr. returned Sunday after missing 33 games with a right quadriceps injury. He played 18 minutes against Sacramento, scoring 10 points. Bickerstaff said Selden's minutes would continue to be watched closely until his conditioning improves. ''He's a versatile player. He can be really good defensively. He's athletic, he's strong. And then offensively he has a knack to make plays. From that wing position, he gives us an added dimension to be able to play some pick-and-roll and attack and share with his teammates,'' Bickerstaff said. Selden scored 13 points in 14 minutes Tuesday.

Clippers: Los Angeles had expected Rivers to return from his sore Achilles tendon against Memphis, but coach Doc Rivers said his son had not improved enough to play and it was uncertain how close he was. ''I don't know. We thought he was, but the fact that he's not playing says probably not,'' Doc Rivers said. ''He had some discomfort, so they're going to re-evaluate his foot again and send him to another doctor.''

PLAYOFF HOPES

Despite playing without two starters (Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari) and missing Griffin for 14 games due to a knee injury, the Clippers are 17-19 and one game back of eighth place in the Western Conference for the final playoff spot.

''We always expected ourselves to be in the mix,'' Lou Williams said. ''Obviously, the makeup of this team has changed over the course of these past couple of months with injuries. We all felt we were a talented team, a playoff team, and so far we've kind of put ourselves back in that position.''

HANDS OFF

What makes Lou Williams so difficult to defend? ''He just knows how to create fouls,'' Chalmers said. ''We have to figure out how to guard him when we can't touch him.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Return home Friday to face Washington.

Clippers: Play the middle game of their five-game homestand Thursday against Oklahoma City.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
B. Griffin
32 PF
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
23.7 Pts. Per Game 23.7
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
7.8 Reb. Per Game 7.8
41.6 Field Goal % 43.2
41.6 Three Point % 42.7
83.3 Free Throw % 79.1
  Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan 0:03
  Mario Chalmers missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 1 Lou Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
+ 1 Lou Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Marc Gasol 0:12
+ 2 Wayne Selden Jr. made dunk 0:15
  Offensive rebound by Wayne Selden Jr. 0:15
  Tyreke Evans missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
  Team rebound 0:17
  Tyreke Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on C.J. Williams 0:17
Team Stats
Points 105 113
Field Goals 38-79 (48.1%) 39-71 (54.9%)
3-Pointers 8-26 (30.8%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 21-33 (63.6%) 26-31 (83.9%)
Total Rebounds 47 43
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 28 30
Team 9 9
Assists 18 23
Steals 10 5
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 14 19
Fouls 29 24
Technicals 2 1
18 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
33 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 12-26 31312221105
home team logo Clippers 17-19 34331927113
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 12-26 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Clippers 17-19 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Evans PG PPG RPG APG FG%
L. Williams SG 12.4 PPG 2.0 RPG 3.8 APG 38.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans PG 18 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
L. Williams SG 33 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
48.1 FG% 54.9
30.8 3PT FG% 39.1
63.6 FT% 83.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 36 18 5 6 3 0 4 2 5/13 1/4 7/13 2 3 34 -12
J. Green 21 12 6 2 3 1 2 3 4/7 0/1 4/8 3 3 24 +5
M. Gasol 36 11 5 5 1 0 2 3 3/10 0/3 5/5 0 5 25 +14
D. Brooks 17 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 4/6 3/4 0/0 0 1 14 -10
A. Harrison 20 7 4 0 0 0 1 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 1 3 10 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 36 18 5 6 3 0 4 2 5/13 1/4 7/13 2 3 34 -12
J. Green 21 12 6 2 3 1 2 3 4/7 0/1 4/8 3 3 24 +5
M. Gasol 36 11 5 5 1 0 2 3 3/10 0/3 5/5 0 5 25 +14
D. Brooks 17 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 4/6 3/4 0/0 0 1 14 -10
A. Harrison 20 7 4 0 0 0 1 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 1 3 10 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Chalmers 25 15 3 0 1 0 2 5 5/9 1/4 4/5 0 3 17 +4
W. Selden Jr. 13 13 4 1 0 0 0 0 5/8 2/3 1/2 2 2 19 0
J. Martin 19 8 7 1 2 0 1 4 4/6 0/2 0/0 2 5 18 -6
J. Ennis III 28 4 2 1 0 0 0 3 2/6 0/2 0/0 0 2 8 -5
D. Davis 9 4 0 0 0 1 1 5 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -19
B. Wright 8 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -10
K. Simmons 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -6
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 38 18 10 2 14 29 38/79 8/26 21/33 10 28 177 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 35 21 6 8 0 0 2 0 9/18 1/4 2/3 0 6 41 -4
C. Williams 29 18 2 0 2 0 3 5 7/10 3/4 1/2 0 2 19 +11
M. Teodosic 33 13 5 6 0 1 5 3 4/11 3/8 2/2 1 4 26 +1
D. Jordan 33 12 9 1 0 0 2 2 4/5 0/0 4/5 2 7 21 -9
W. Johnson 15 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 5 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 35 21 6 8 0 0 2 0 9/18 1/4 2/3 0 6 41 -4
C. Williams 29 18 2 0 2 0 3 5 7/10 3/4 1/2 0 2 19 +11
M. Teodosic 33 13 5 6 0 1 5 3 4/11 3/8 2/2 1 4 26 +1
D. Jordan 33 12 9 1 0 0 2 2 4/5 0/0 4/5 2 7 21 -9
W. Johnson 15 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 5 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 35 33 2 6 0 0 5 4 8/15 2/6 15/15 1 1 42 +12
S. Dekker 12 6 2 0 1 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 2/4 0 2 9 +14
W. Reed 11 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 6 +17
J. Evans 13 4 2 1 0 0 1 5 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 +7
M. Harrell 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -3
S. Thornwell 12 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 7 +11
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rivers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 113 34 23 5 3 19 24 39/71 9/23 26/31 4 30 182 +40