Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Lead L.A. To Win

Chris Paul had 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in the win.

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NBA Standings 2012: Clippers Lead Pacific Division Despite Road Struggles

The Los Angeles Clippers begin play on Sunday in first place in the Pacific Division at 10-6, a game ahead of their crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers. Those two teams figure to duke it out at the top of the division for the rest of the season, with little challenge from the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, or Sacramento Kings.

But what the Clippers, and the Lakers, need to rectify is their performance away from home. The Clippers are just 1-4 on the road this season, the sixth worst road record in the NBA.

Worst NBA Road Records
Rank Team Road Record Pct
21 Golden State 2-5 .286
22 Milwaukee 3-9 .250
23 New Orleans 2-6 .250
24 San Antonio 2-7 .222
25 LA Clippers 1-4 .200
26 Sacramento 2-10 .167
27 LA Lakers 1-7 .125
28 Washington 1-8 .111
29 Detroit 1-9 .100
30 Charlotte 1-10 .091
Through games of January 28

The Clippers travel to Colorado to face the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, and have eight of their next 10 games on the road. NBA teams have a cumulative .617 winning percentage at home this season.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Final Score: Blake Griffin Nearly Has Triple Double In 98-91 Win

Blake Griffin had 20 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists Thursday night, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. The win improved the Clippers to 9-2 at home this season, and 25-7 in their last 32 home games dating back to last season.

The first half was a game of runs that saw the Clippers build a 16-point lead in the first quarter, then give it all back in the second quarter. A one-point game at halftime remained close throughout the second half, but the Clippers were able to pull away in the final period.

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Chris Paul scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had seven assists on the night in his second game back from his left hamstring injury. Paul also added two steals. Hot-shooting Mo Williams added 18 points for the Clippers off the bench, and DeAndre Jordan had nine points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in the win.

Marc Gasol had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in 41 minutes for Memphis, who lost its second straight game after a seven-game winning streak earlier in the week. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points, including 15 in the first half.

The Clippers have two days off before hitting the road to face the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Sunday evening.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies Game Score: Caron Butler Scores 13, Clippers Lead 45-44 At Halftime

A couple of former University of Connecticut stars shined in the first half at Staples Center on Thursday night, as Rudy Gay scored 15 points and Caron Butler poured in 13 points. Butler's 19-footer with 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 45-44 lead at halftime over Gay's Memphis Grizzlies Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers used a 20-5 run in the first quarter to build a 16-point lead, fueled by eight points from Butler and seven points and three assists from Chris Paul in the opening 12 minutes. Then the Clippers went nearly seven minutes without a basket, missing six straight shots from the end of the first quarter into the second, fueling a 17-2 Memphis run to cut the Clippers' lead to just a single point.

Blake Griffin scored 11 points and had four assists for the Clippers, who shot 47.2% (17 for 36) in the first half. Memphis shot 42.5% (17 for 40) in the opening half, and both teams had 18 rebounds.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: Game Time, TV Info And More

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and the Los Angeles Clippers get the big stage on Thursday night at Staples Center, as they host the Memphis Grizzlies in a nationally televised game on TNT. It is the first of four scheduled games on the network this season for the Clippers. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's game:

Records: Clippers (9-6); Grizzlies (10-7)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: TNT, with Dick Stockton, Steve Kerr, and Reggie Miller on the call

Radio: 980 AM KFWB, with Ralph Lawler making his first appearance on radio this season

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 106.3 points per 100 possessions (seventh in NBA); Grizzlies, 102.6 (16th)

Defensive Efficiency: Grizzlies, 99.8 (seventh); Clippers, 105.4 (25th)

Mr. Efficiency: In his first game back after missing five games with a sprained left ankle, Chris Paul had 12 assists and no turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul has 29 assists and just two turnovers in his last three games. Wednesday was the seventh game in the last three seasons in which Paul has had at least 10 assists and no turnovers, more than any player in the NBA during that span.

Home, Sweet Home: The Clippers are 8-2 at home this season and are 24-7 in their last 31 home games dating back to last season.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies: L.A. Looks To Rebound After Loss

The Clippers are 8-2 at home this season.

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