Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul directed the offense to the tune
of 23 points and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers dominated on the
glass to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-91, in the opener of their Western
Conference quarterfinal series.
Eric Bledsoe scored 13 of his 15 points in the final quarter when the Clippers
went 15-of-22 from the field and held a 37-22 scoring advantage.
The Clippers placed seven players in double figures, including Chauncey
Billups with 14 in the rematch of this first-round series from a year ago. The
Clippers topped Memphis in seven games in 2012.
The team known as "Lob City" for having two of the three top players in dunks
for the season, the Clippers had just one jam all night, that from DeAndre
Jordan in the fourth quarter. Yet, the Clippers managed to pull away down the
Jerryd Bayless had 19 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who also
received 16 points and seven assists from Marc Gasol. Memphis was beaten on
the glass, 47-23.
Game 2 of this best-of-seven set is Monday, again at Staples Center.
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