The Memphis Grizzlies would hope to avoid a three-game losing streak as they visited California to take on the Clippers at the Staples Center. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol decided to suit up for this game while the Grizzlies would be without Wayne Selden (quadricep), Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision), Deyonta Davis (coach’s decision), JaMychal Green (foot/ankle), Kobi Simmons (G-League), Ivan Rabb (G-League), Ben McLemore (G-League), and Vincent Hunter (G-League). The Clippers were without Jawun Evans (coach’s decision), Sam Dekker (coach’s decision), Milos Teodosic (foot), C.J. Williams (G-League), Brice Johnson (G-League), and Jamil Wilson (G-League).
The first quarter would be held close as the Grizzlies shot forty-four percent while the Clippers would shoot forty percent. Mike Conley ended up scoring eight points while shooting forty-three percent from the field. Marc Gasol played for ten minutes but was limited to just six points while he gobbled up three defensive rebounds. James Ennis shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Chandler Parsons came off of the bench to put up four points while Brandan Wright scored two points off of the bench.
As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin warmed up with ten points while shooting sixty percent from the field. Three of those points came from beyond the arc as he collected two offensive rebounds, one defensive rebound, one assist, and one steal. Austin Rivers contributed to five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process. Patrick Beverley chalked up five points to go along with his three rebounds while Danilo Gallinari collected two defensive rebounds. DeAndre Jordan was held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but managed to grab four rebounds as the Memphis team ended the first quarter with a tight 27 to 25 lead.
The Los Angeles Clippers would try to respond in the next period as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while holding the Grizzlies to forty-eight percent. Gallinari ended up posting up six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field. Beverley would also collect six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Former Lakers’ Lou Williams contributed with six points, as well, while Griffin scored five points to go along with the three defensive rebounds he grabbed.
On the other end of the court, Mario Chalmers would come off of the Memphis bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field. Tyreke Evans also came off the bench to deliver seven points while hitting a three-pointer in the process. Mike Conley would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws while Gasol was kept scoreless in the six minutes that he played. Even though the Clippers showed signs of life, the Grizzlies still had a 60-56 lead heading into halftime.
The third quarter was kept close as the Clippers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Memphis Grizzlies shot forty-seven percent. Evans continued to contribute to the Memphis lead as he chalked up nine points, three from behind the arc and the other six from the free-throw line. Blake Griffin would also help out as he recorded nine points of his own. Jordan played nine minutes as he scored six points and pulled down three offensive rebounds. Gasol ended up scoring six points which would include one three-pointer while Mike Conley was held to five points, including one three-pointer. Dillon Brooks had three defensive rebounds while Patrick Beverley had two defensive rebounds as the Grizzlies maintained an 87 to 80 lead at the end of the third.
The visiting team closed things out in the last period as they shot forty-seven percent from the field while holding the Clippers to thirty-nine percent. Patrick Beverley warmed up with ten points on fifty percent shooting from the field. Griffin had three defensive rebounds and six points while Brandan Wright had two defensive rebounds. Gasol scored nine more additional points, three coming from beyond the arc and four from the charity stripe. Conley had four points in the closing quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 113 to 104 victory over the Clippers. Conley finished with twenty-two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal while Griffin ended up with thirty points, eleven rebounds, two assists and two steals.