Davis Shot Off Target, Clippers Lose Second Straight One-Point Game At Home

Blake Griffin had 19 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: Memphis Wins 84-83 At Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Marc Gasol scored 17 points, pulled down eight rebounds and swatted away a potential game-winning tip-in by Blake Griffin to give the Grizzlies an 84-83 win over the mistake-prone Clippers. Baron Davis had a chance to give Los Angeles the win, but his baseline jumper with time winding down fell off the mark. Griffin got good position under the basket for the rebound, only to have Gasol swipe the loose ball away just before the buzzer.

Zach Randolph recorded 18 points and 13 boards for Memphis, which forced 27 turnovers to end a four-game road trip with consecutive victories. O.J. Mayo added 13 points in the win. Griffin ended with 19 points and 11 boards for LA, which lost for the fourth time in five games despite 25 points from Eric Gordon. Rudy Gay's tomahawk dunk put Memphis in front, 80-79, late in the fourth, and on the next Grizzlies possession, Mike Conley found Tony Allen on a backdoor cut for another slam with 1:53 remaining.

Two free throws from Gordon made it a one-point game again, though Randolph cleaned up a Gay miss for an 84-81 cushion with 46.1 seconds to go. Gordon's layup shortly thereafter tied it, and Conley gave the Clippers one last shot to win it by missing a jumper with just over five seconds remaining. Memphis failed to hit a field goal in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first quarter, and Davis' buzzer-beating bucket gave the Clippers a 27-19 cushion.

LA never trailed in the second, and Brian Cook's desperation three near the end of the half gave the hosts a 47-41 lead at the break. Gasol's three-point play tied the game at 51-all earlier in the third, but the Grizzlies never went ahead in the frame, which ended with the Clippers holding a slim 66-63 advantage. Gasol's layup in the early stages of the fourth quarter gave Memphis a 69-68 lead, and it was close the rest of the way.

The Clippers are 0-4 this season in games decided by three points or less...The Grizzlies had 30 points off turnovers...Gay finished with 12 points, while Conley contributed eight assists to make up for a 3-for-14 shooting effort...Cook, who was suspended the previous two games for a flagrant foul during a loss to Portland on December 5, netted 13 points for LA, which got 10 points and 14 rebounds out of DeAndre Jordan...Davis had six points and four assists in just under 25 minutes of action.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: L.A. Looks To Continue Solid Play At Home

The Los Angeles Clippers look to rebound from their last-second loss Wednesday night when they host the Memphis Grizzlies today in a day game at Staples Center. It's hard to look at a 5-18 record and say a team is playing well, but the Clippers really have been playing better of late. After a 1-13 start to the season, the Clippers are 4-5 in their last nine games, including two wins over teams (Hornets, Spurs) that at the time had the best record in the NBA.

The Clippers are 4-2 in their last six home games, including Wednesday's close defeat at the hands of Derek Fisher and the Lakers. After allowing 100 points or more in nine straight games, the Clippers have held opponents under the century mark five times in their last nine games, and have won four of those games. This season, the Clippers are 5-4 when they allow fewer than 100 points, and 0-14 when their opponent scores in triple digits.

Aside from the record, the Clippers have simply been a fun team to watch this season. They have for the better part of the last month started an all-23-and-under lineup, with three rookies and two third-year players. Blake Griffin has become a Rookie of the Year favorite, and has provided countless highlights on slam dunks alone. Griffin is also second in the NBA with 16 double-doubles, and is averaging 20 points and 11.7 rebounds per game this season. Eric Gordon has assumed the role of team leader this year, and is averaging 24.3 points per contest. The shooting guard is also seventh in the league with 192 free throw attempts, averaging over nine attempts per game.

The Grizzlies are led by Rudy Gay, who is averaging a career-high 21.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. Gay is also leading the NBA with 40.9 minutes per game. Zach Randolph is scoring at 17.6 points per game, and is fourth in the NBA averaging 11.8 rebounds per contest. The Grizzlies are just 3-9 on the road this season, while the Clippers are 5-8 at home.

Chris Kaman, who has missed the last two games with his sprained left ankle that kept him out of 11 straight games earlier this season, is listed as day-to-day. Randy Foye is out with a strained left hamstring, and will miss his seventh straight game.

For more Clippers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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