Head coach Doc Rivers picked up his 600th career victory Thursday night as his Los Angeles Clippers (13-7) defeated the Memphis Grizzlies (9-9) by 20 points, 101-81.
After trailing by two points at halftime, the Clippers would outscore the Memphis Grizzlies (9-9) 61 to 39 in the second half to blow out their Western Conference rivals.
Three players came off the bench and scored in double figures for the Clippers, with Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford both finishing with 15 points, which was tied for the team lead with Chris Paul (15 points and eight assists).
Paul and teammate Blake Griffin (14 points, nine rebounds and three assists) did not see the floor in the fourth quarter with the result of the game no longer in doubt. With their two stars on the bench, the team would shoot 13-of-20 from the field to close things out.
DeAndre Jordan pulled down 14 rebounds, which was his 14th game with 12 or more. That is just one game behind Kevin Love (15) for the league lead.
Zach Randolph returned to the Grizzlies' lineup after a two-game absence with an ingrown toe nail and contributed a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. His most glaring stat of the night had to be his seven turnovers, most of which came on several clumsy plays.
Ed Davis left the game early in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his left ankle, which was later diagnosed as a sprain. He did not return.
The poor shooting of Memphis ultimately did them in. They were never able to get in a rhythm on offense, shooting just 37.7 percent for the game. Neither team shot particularly well in the first 24 minutes, but Los Angeles was able to come on strong late while the Grizzlies couldn't keep up.
Final Score: Los Angeles Clippers 101, Memphis Grizzlies 81
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